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Patty Mills fires again as Australia reach maiden Basketball World Cup semi-final

  • Guard scores 24 points in 82-70 win over Czech Republic
  • Spain await in Friday’s shootout for place in final

Patty Mills blazed Australia into their first Basketball World Cup semi-final, starring again as the Boomers beat the Czech Republic 82-70 in China. The shooting guard finished with 24 points and six rebounds, 13 points coming in the first quarter in Shanghai where both teams struggled early but Australia flourished late.

Andrew Bogut (10 points on five-of-six shooting) played his best game of the tournament, turning the game in Australia’s favour in a decisive third term. It means a rematch with Spain in Bejing on Friday for a spot in Sunday’s final, the Spanish having denied the Boomers a bronze medal with a one-point win at the Rio Olympics.

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