Australian Patty Mills drives the ball for San Antonio against Golden State Warriors' Charles Jenkins. Photo: AP
Point guard Patty Mills has broken Andrew Bogut's record for most points by an Australian in an NBA game to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 107-101 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Friday (AEST).
Mills ripped through the Warriors' defence with game-highs of 34 points and 12 assists in the Spurs' final regular season game, to surpass Bogut's record of 32 points against the Dallas Mavericks in 2010.
Mills's impressive performance comes only a day after his 27-point showing against Phoenix.
The 23-year-old has so far had limited opportunity to shine but, with the Spurs already through to the NBA Playoffs, head coach Gregg Popovich again rested star players Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili.
Mills had an explosive first half, heading into the change rooms with 18 points as the Spurs battled a persistent Warriors outfit.
Sitting on 24 points early in the fourth quarter, and with the game tied, Mills connected on two quick three-pointers to bring his tally up to 30 points, and with it, a six-point lead to the Spurs.
He then levelled Bogut's record with a strong drive and bucket, bringing his tally up to 34, and sealed victory for the Spurs with a fade-away jump shot in the dying seconds of the game.
The San Antonio Spurs play game one of their first NBA Playoff series against the Utah Jazz, on Monday (AEST).