Mills equals Kobe Bryant in stunning debut

Boomers guard Patty Mills enjoyed an impressive debut for his new team, making a perfect seven for seven three-pointers in the Brooklyn's opening night 127-104 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Coming off the bench, the 33-year-old was ice cold from downtown, ending the game with 21 points, two rebounds, two assists, a steal, and a block in 29 minutes.

Although the Nets lost, they were +7 when Mills was on the court.

The former Spurs player joins just a handful of players to ever make seven or more threes in an NBA game without missing, including Kobe Bryant and would-be teammate Kyrie Irving, who is still away from the team due to his vaccine refusal.

The record is nine-for-nine, set by Latrell Sprewell in 2003 and equalled twice by Ben Gordon, in 2006 and 2012.

Mills also matched the record for most threes made on debut with a new team.

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After 10 years in San Antonio, Mills signed a two-year, $US12 million ($16m) deal with the Nets, teaming up with Irving as well as other stars Kevin Durant, James Harden and Blake Griffin.

It was a brilliant first-up title defence from the Bucks, who last season lifted the trophy for the first time since 1971.

Their star duo of Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton picked up where they left off, contributing 32 and 20 points, respectively.

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