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Rising Australian star Josh Giddey has taken on a crucial new role on a night that could prove “pivotal” for his future.

And while Giddey suffered a tough defeat, it was fellow Australian Patty Mills who had a real night to forget, scoring just one point in 28 minutes of action in a brutal defeat.

All this and more in today’s NBA Wrap!

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A BIG MOVE TO UNLOCK GIDDEY’S POTENTIAL

Since being selected with the sixth pick in the last draft, the 19-year-old Giddey has lit up the NBA with his laser-like passing game, basketball IQ and rebounding talent.

Oklahoma City Thunder coach Mark Daigneault was blown away by the Aussie.

“He’s a very good player. He’s getting better and better every month,” Daigneault said.

Daigneault was so impressed with Giddey’s ball play that he is ready to give the Aussie more opportunities to lead the Thunder attack in the future.

Daigneault explained that when Giddey and the Thunder’s other starting goalkeeper, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, share the pitch in attack, the Aussie can now expect to have the ball more often.

Fans got a taste of change in the Thunder’s 124-104 loss to the top-flight Phoenix Suns on Friday afternoon (AEDT).

“It will relieve Shai,” Daigneault explained.

“Josh is really good with the ball and part of maximizing the team is feeding him.

“It’s an evolution of those two players who are very good players that we’re moving forward with.”

Josh Giddey is going to have more basketball. Photo: Zach Beeker/NBAE via Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

Giddey praised Gilgeous-Alexander for accepting the decision, which will take away opportunities for the American in attack.

“It shows how he is as a guy,” Giddey said.

“He’s really selfless. He might have 50 (points) a lot of nights. It adheres to what we are trying to build here.

“I love playing with him. I think our chemistry is improving. I think in a few years we could be one of the best backyards in the league.

“I know that to be one of the best teams in the league, which we want to be very soon, you need to have several guys who can play ball,” added Gilgeous-Alexander.

Josh Giddey (left) and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander make a powerful combination. Photo: Zach Beeker/NBAE via Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

The move could just help Giddey break even more records than he already has since joining the NBA.

Giddey had scored a triple-double in each of the Thunder’s last three games before Friday.

He is now the first, second, third and fourth youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double and the first rookie since the 1960-61 season to post one in three consecutive games.

Giddey scored 15 points and added nine rebounds and six assists in the 124-104 loss to the dominating Phoenix Suns. Gilgeous-Alexander – returning after nearly a month out with injury – led the game with 32 points and added five assists, but had six turnovers in his new role.

The Phoenix Suns were playing their first game since losing veteran point guard Chris Paul for eight weeks with a broken thumb

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PATTY MILLS HAS A HOWLER

Patty Mills is one of the sharpest shooters in the NBA, but the Australian gunslinger just couldn’t get a shot to fall for the understaffed Nets in a 129-106 loss to the Boston Celtics.

Mills went 0-9 from the floor, including 0-5 from beyond the arc, scoring just one point in 28 minutes on the field. He added three assists and a rebound but finished with a -18 differential in a tough loss.

Mills wasn’t the only Nets player to struggle from deep, with the team going just 7-29 (24.1%) from beyond the arc.

Seth Curry led the Nets with 22 points and 7 rebounds, while Jayson Tatum had 30 points, 7 rebounds, four assists and a steal for the Celtics. Al Horford had 13 rebounds on his 11 points in a dominating double-double effort inside the key.

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DEROZAN IS EXTINGUISHING AGAIN

DeMar DeRozan notched his eighth straight game with at least 35 points to propel the Chicago Bulls to a 112-108 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday as the NBA returned to action from its All-Star break.

DeRozan scored 37 points and grabbed six rebounds, capping his night with the game-winning field goal in Chicago’s sixth straight win.

The Hawks led 108-107 when DeRozan put Chicago ahead with a turnover shot. Fouled on the play by Bogdan Bogdanovic, DeRozan converted the free throw and with 15 seconds remaining, Bogdanovic missed Atlanta’s final attempt.

The victory saw the Bulls earn half a game ahead of Miami for the Eastern Conference lead.

DeRozan, 32, has been the driving force for the Bulls, re-emerging this season as a terrific scorer.

The former Raptors and Spurs forward returned to the All-Star Game on Sunday and his heroics landed him in the Most Valuable Player conversation.

His eight consecutive 35-point or higher streak is only a step away from the best such streak in Bulls history, set in 1986 by NBA icon Michael Jordan.

Only five other players have had such a streak in the NBA: Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and James Harden.

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JA MORANT RETURNS AFTER SCARED INJURY

Elsewhere, the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Memphis Grizzlies 119-114. D’Angelo Russell had 37 points and nine assists for the Timberwolves.

Ja Morant scored 20 points for the Grizzlies but was sidelined briefly after injuring his left leg in the third quarter as he tried to dribble past an opponent on a fast break.

Morant spent several minutes on the bench with a sore left thigh before leaving for the locker room. He came back in the final quarter but missed a potential three-point draw with five seconds left.

In Detroit, the Pistons knocked out the Cleveland Cavaliers 106-103. Rookie Cade Cunningham sealed the victory with four late free throws, finishing with 17 points.

COMPLETE SHEET MUSIC

Nets 106 Celtics 129

Thunder 104 Suns 124

Timber wolves 119 Grizzlies 114

Bulls 112 Falcons 108

Plunger 106 Riders 103

Rebecca R. Santistevan