Led by DeMarcus Cousins’ team-high 21 points and 11 rebounds, the 2016 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team recorded a 107-57 victory over China Tuesday evening at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, improving its record to 3-0 on its pre-Olympic Games USA Basketball Showcase tour.
The score was almost identical to the 106-57 result July 24 against the same Chinese side. Tuesday’s 50-point victory margin was the widest of the three exhibition games played by the U.S. thus far. China will be the first opponent for the Americans at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Aug. 6 when group play begins.
Kevin Durant scored the first 10 points for the U.S. in his debut on his new home court after signing on July 7 with the Golden State Warriors, finishing the game with 13 points. He jump-started the Americans to a 31-15 advantage by the end of the first quarter, a lead that grew to 52-24 by halftime.
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The U.S. dominated the offensive end of the floor, shooting 50 percent, including 39 percent from three-point range. Second-chance points contributed significantly to the win, as the Americans gathered 19 offensive rebounds and converted them into 21 points. Meanwhile, a sticky U.S. defense permitted China only 41-percent success shooting from the field.
Cousins and Durant received scoring support from Carmelo Anthony, who scored 20 points, while Klay Thompson added 15. The U.S. outrebounded China 48-21. The only weak point for the Americans was 15 turnovers, 11 as a result of steals by the Chinese.
Team USA continues its pre-Rio exhibition schedule on Friday, July 29, against Venezuela at the United Center in Chicago, then faces Nigeria at Houston’s Toyota Center before departing for Rio.