Matthew Dellavedova stepped up when the Milwaukee Bucks needed him on Thursday (AEDT).
With star forward Khris Middleton sidelined, Dellavedova was given extra responsibility against the Detroit Pistons and he didn't let his team-mates down.
The Maryborough native dished out a team-high six assists to go with two points and one rebound as the Bucks defeated the Pistons 115-92.
Dellavedova played 20 minutes of game time - the most he's played in one match this season.
Dellavedova has played in only half of Milwaukee's games this season and is averaging a career-low seven minutes per game.
Despite the lack of court time, the 28-year-old continues to help the Bucks on and off the floor.
"Delly's leadership and his voice in all kind of situations - practices, film sessions, timeouts - having Delly around is great," Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer said this week.
"He's got a lot of great insight, he's been in deep play-off runs and on great teams; guys like that are invaluable."
Earlier this week, Dellavedova said his championship-winning experience with the Cleveland Cavaliers helped his leadership skills.
"I've been around people who have led really well without playing a lot," he said.
"James Jones was probably the best, with how much experience he had. He would say the tough things when they need to be said.
"You can still be effective being a leader even if you aren't playing as much."
The Bucks (16-7) are in the second place on the NBA eastern conference standings behind the Toronto Raptors (21-5).
The Bucks next two games are against the reigning champion Golden State Warriors (17-9) on Saturday (AEDT) and Toronto on Monday (AEDT).
Meanwhile, Stephen Curry made nine three-pointers and scored 42 points and Kevin Durant added 25 as the Golden State Warriors claimed a 129-105 win over a Cleveland team now firmly in rebuilding mode in the post-LeBron era.
The Cavaliers are playing without injured All-Star Kevin Love, forward JR Smith is on a forced hiatus and sharpshooter Kyle Korver was recently traded to Utah.
It was Golden State's first visit to Cleveland since June, when the Warriors completed a sweep to win their third NBA championship in four years.
In Los Angeles, James had a game-high 42 points as the Lakers piled on 43 points in the final quarter in a 121-113 win over the San Antonio Spurs.
– with AAP
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