New Zealand's Tall Blacks perform the traditional Haka before their game against Australia. 

By SI Wire
August 15, 2015

Australia and New Zealand went head-to-head in Game 1 of the FIBA 2015 Oceania Championship, and the most memorable moment may have come before the game. 

The Tall Blacks performed New Zealand's traditional Haka during warmups, inching right up into the faces of the Australian national team. You may recognize some of those faces, as NBA stars Patty Mills, Andrew Bogut and Matthew Dellavedova all suited up for the Australian side.

Australia won the matchup 71-59, with each of its NBA players seeing a little time on the court.  

It's certainly not the first time the Tall Blacks have performed the Haka before a big game. It happened last September against the U.S. men's basketball team as well. 

The tradition of performing the Haka before New Zealand sporting events was made popular by the All Blacks, the country's rugby team, which began the practice regularly in 1905.

Check out the 2015 version here: 

[youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjhIqAtvjvk]

 

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