• Patty Mills (5) drives past United States's Draymond Green (14) during men's basketball semifinal game at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 5 (AP)Source: AP
Despite leading by 15 points in the second quarter, Australia couldn't maintain the defensive pressure against the US, losing 97-78.
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NITV Staff Writer

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NITV NEWS
5 Aug 2021 - 4:07 PM  UPDATED 5 Aug 2021 - 4:11 PM

Patty Mills and the Boomers have suffered a disappointing semi-final loss to gold medal favourites the United States at the Tokyo Olympics.

The Australian team started fast, leading at both quarter and halftime on the back of a strong defensive game and some silky shooting.

But the Americans went on a scoring surge from the half, ultimately winning by 97-78.

The Boomers will now face off against tonight's second semi-final winner between France or Slovenia for the Bronze medal.

Mills' team had hoped to end a cursed run of more than 50 years without an Olympic victory for the Australian basketball team, whose last gold was won at the 1856 Melbourne Olympics. 

Though the loss will no doubt leave the Boomers disappointed, Mills nonetheless had some good news this week that should take the sting out of the loss.

The Muralag and Ynunga man signed a multi-million dollar deal with NBA royalty the Brooklyn Nets, linking up with US captain Kevin Durant, who was the top scorer for the States with 23 points.

Patty Mills to join Brooklyn's NBA 'big three'
Not content with slaying it at the Olympics, the Muralag and Nyunga star has just inked a multi-million dollar deal with one of NBA's super teams.