FIBA World Cup 2019: Team USA tops Australia in exhibition before 50,000 in Melbourne
Team USA, led by captain Kemba Walker’s game-high 23 points, pulled away from Australia in the second half Thursday en route to a 102-86 exhibition basketball victory in Melbourne.
The Americans are now 2-0 in Australia as they prepare for the upcoming FIBA World Cup running Aug. 31-Sept. 15 in China.
Myles Turner chipped in a double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds before 50,000 fans packed into Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium. Donovan Mitchell added 13 points, Kyle Kuzma was 4-for-5 from 3-point range for 12 points and Jaylen Brown and Jason Tatum scored 11.
“It was a physical game, the competitiveness was great on both ends,” U.S. coach Gregg Popovich said (via USA Basketball) after the game that tipped off at 7:30 p.m. local time (5:30 a.m. ET). “I thought the Boomers run some hellacious offense, really hard to guard, they do a great job moving and cutting. Coach (Andrej) Lemanis has got them at a high level in that regard.”
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