Recording a terrific 42-point performance, Patty Mills led his Australian team to win the Bronze medal at Tokyo 2020, defeating Luka Doncic and Slovenia 107-93. With this historic win, the Boomers win their first-ever Olympic medal.
The Men’s Basketball event at Tokyo 2020 has now come to an end. After nearly 2 weeks of intense basketball matches, The United States have clinched their 4th consecutive gold at the Olympics.
France, who had a close 87-82 encounter against the Americans, take home the silver medal. And, defeating debut Olympic Games appearing team – Slovenia, in the third-place encounter, the Australian team has won their historic bronze medal.
Entering the third-place bout, both Slovenia and Australia had a 4-1 record in Tokyo, only losing their respective semi-finals game. The match started with high drama and was as action-packed as one would hope a bronze-medal match to be.
In their 15th campaign.
In their 111th game.
65 years after their debut.
— 7Olympics (@7olympics) August 7, 2021
NBA Twitter congratulates Patty Mills and Australia for their historic Olympic performance
Throughout this past year, Luka has been simply phenomenal. Whether it was leading the Dallas Mavericks to the playoffs, or carrying Slovenia to their debut Olympic Games appearance, Doncic has been absolutely clinical.
Even in Tokyo 2020, the Mavericks MVP was expected to have a great campaign, but nobody could quite predict the successes Slovenia saw this past month and a half.
After coming very close to winning a medal in his previous three Olympic Games, Patty Mills – Australia’s flag bearer, is finally an Olympic medal winner. NBA Twitter went berserk as soon as Patty Mills and the Boomers won the historic bronze medal.
Australia patty mills a top 10 player of all time
— ASN (@ASNx305) August 7, 2021
FIBA Patty Mills. pic.twitter.com/nN6WabUo3s
— Sergio Andrés (@SergioACNBA) August 7, 2021
I don’t know how else to say this. I f***ing love Patty Mills. This is his medal. This is the Boomers culture he built. An Aussie legend. #olympics
— Jon Ralph (@RalphyHeraldSun) August 7, 2021
Fans even consoled and congratulated Luka for the Cinderella run they had at Tokyo 2020.
I know it sucks. But I’m SO PROUD of the Slovenian team and especially @luka7doncic. Olympic debut and they got 4th? I’ll take it. I’ll cry, but I’ll take it.
— She’s a Slovenian (@ShesaMaverick) August 7, 2021
Luka has at least 3 more Olympics in his career. I’m sure he’ll be back. Every great player has to begin somewhere
— Stevens Sanchez (@SplashStevens30) August 7, 2021
Sadly, the Men’s Basketball event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games has come to an end. It was a fun 2 weeks of international basketball which we were able to witness.
Congratulations to the USA, France and Australia. And for Luka Doncic, he is only 22-years-old, who surely will be back eyeing that prestigious gold medal.