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US Men’s Basketball Dominates China in Rio, 119-62

Basketball - Olympics: Day 1
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It was hard to believe that when the US Men’s Basketball team beat China twice in exhibition games, by 49 and 50 points respectively, that they would be able to actually improve. Yet, that’s exactly what happened. The US won it’s first Olympic Basketball game in Rio 119-62, a 57 point beat down of China’s National team.

Kevin Durant continued his Olympic domination, netting 25 points on 10-14 shooting from the field (5-8 from deep), while dropping a team high six dimes. All-Time Olympic points leader Carmelo Anthony added 9 points, and every player scored for Team USA. The US had an assist on 31 of their 38 made field goals. Full Box Score here.

Former Milwaukee Bucks 2007 first round draft pick (6th overall), Yi Jianlian scored 25 of China’s 62 points, and was the only player to score more than 7 points for the team.

This rendition of “The Dream Team” played lock down defense, forcing 25 turnovers and allowing only 20 made field goals. The Chinese National team shot 35.7% and were out rebounded 52 to 29. The massive rebounding disparity is shocking seeing as China boasts four 7 footers on their Olympic roster.

Though the US won by a huge margin, there was still room for improvement. There was sloppy play all around, which should be straightened out by Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski. Golden State Warriors Guard and one half of the “Splash Brothers”, Klay Thompson scored only 2 points on 1-6 shooting (0-3 from deep) and the US shot just over 51% as a team.

Up next for the US is Venezuela, on August 8th. Get the full Olympic Basketball schedule here.

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