‘Poetry in slow motion’: Ingles prevails as Aussies clash in NBA

Australian swingman Joe Ingles has turned in an impressive all-round performance in Utah's thumping 139-105 NBA win over San Antonio.

Ingles had 11 points, seven assists, three rebounds and three steals for the Jazz, while countryman Dante Exum came off the bench late to chip in with seven points.

Prime time: Joe Ingles lays the ball up for Utah Jazz as San Antonio Spurs center Jakob Poeltl defends.Credit:AP

Their fellow Australian Patty Mills had eight points for the well-beaten Spurs.

Ingles was part of an even scoring spread from the Jazz, who also got 20 points from Donovan Mitchell.

Ingles' growing contribution hasn't gone unnoticed in the US, with Michal Kruger writing in sportingnews.com that the Australian's selfless, team-first ethos has given way to a greater willingness to shoot.

"Having torched two of this season’s title-favourites for 27 points apiece, it’s fair to say that Joe has worked on his craft," Kruger writes in an article headlined: “Poetry in slow motion: The effectiveness of Joe Ingles’ unassuming Australian style.”

Indeed, Ingles' repuation has also undergone an evolution, from appearing as a "40-year-old farmer" to an unexpected asset. Not that his Twitter feed always acknowledges the change. "Anything that's like a boring, receding-hairline white guy is pretty much what I get," Ingles says of the comments he gets on his Twitter feed.

Meanwhile, Rudy Gobert had 18 points and 10 rebounds, while veteran guard Kyle Korver scored 15 in his first home game since being traded to Utah from Cleveland.

Utah made a franchise record 20 3-pointers to blow the game wide open.

DeMar DeRozan scored 16 points and dished out seven assists, and LaMarcus Aldridge added 16 points to lead San Antonio, who lost for the third time in four games.

Luka Doncic scored 21 points and Wesley Matthews added 17 as the Dallas Mavericks won for the ninth time in 11 games, beating the Portland Trail Blazers 111-102.

Damian Lillard scored 25 of his 33 points in the second half as Portland tried, but failed, to rally from a deficit that was mostly double digits through almost all the first three quarters.

Myles Turner matched his season high with 18 points and added 11 rebounds and five blocked shots as Indiana won 96-90, spoiling the debut of new Chicago coach Jim Boylen.

Darren Collison had 23 points and eight rebounds for Indiana.

Buddy Hield (20 points) was one of seven Sacramento players in double figures as the Kings beat the Phoenix Suns 122-105.

Aaron Gordon scored 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as Orlando beat Miami 105-90.


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