Giddey, Mills play key roles in NBA wins

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Patty Mills' 21 points helped Brooklyn escape a sticky situation in a grinding 109-99 defeat of Cleveland as the Australian favourite continued to make a difference at his new NBA club.

Starting for the second-straight game in place of the injured Joe Harris, Mills (six-of-12 three-pointers) salvaged an offensive rebound and flushed a crucial triple from long-range early in the fourth quarter.

That created some breathing space when the Cavaliers threatened to bridge a lead that had grown to 23 earlier in the night.

It was a much-needed settler a day after Golden State had comprehensively knocked off the Eastern Conference heavyweights, now 11-5, on their home court.

LaMarcus Aldridge (24 points, seven rebounds) also provided help for Kevin Durant (23 points) and James Harden (27 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists).

A 39 per cent three-pointer shooter across more than 700 NBA games, Mills is averaging 47.6 per cent from long range since joining the Nets this season.

"It is difficult but I have such a great crew to learn from, I keep bugging everyone for advice," Mills said of his move to the starting five.

"Defensively last night we got given a pretty good lesson (by Steph Curry's Warriors) on how to defend good basketball, good players.

"We want to be ... the last man standing.

"It's not easy, it's a grind, it's a marathon and nights like tonight you've got to dig deep, find a way to be infectious in a good way and spread those vibes."

Elsewhere, Australian rookie Josh Giddey (14 points, 11 rebounds, two assists) scored six of his points in a third-quarter flurry for Oklahoma City that ended Houston's hopes of snapping a 12-game losing run.

Giddey also added a highlight reel slinging, left-handed assist in that quarter, shooting seven-of-14 from the field in the 101-89 win that took them to 6-8.

Lu Dort scored 34 points while Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 15 points, nine assists and seven rebounds to ensure the struggling Rockets didn't repeat history after notching their solitary win of the season against them a month ago.

Giddey credited the physicality of the NBL, where he played a lone season with Adelaide, for his smooth transition and said the young Thunder were starting to click too.

"We all love seeing each other succeed," he said.

"There's no egos. Our chemistry is getting a lot stronger."

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 47 points as the Bucks beat the Los Angeles Lakers 109-102, LeBron James missing an eighth-straight game for the Lakers due to an abdominal strain.

And Jimmy Butler had a triple-double in his return from a sprained right ankle, finishing with 31 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in Miami's 113-98 victory over New Orleans.

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