In their second pre-Olympic exhibition game, the United States took on the Chinese National Team in Los Angeles at the STAPLES Center. The final score was a crushing 106-57 victory in favor the U.S., and the total team effort was too much for China to handle.
The first game against Argentina had four players score in double-digits; the Sunday night game had six. Kevin Durant, who was booed heavily by the crowd, was yet again atop all scorers with 19, but Klay Thompson and DeMar DeRozan went for 17 and 13, respectively, and bounced back from poor performances in their first game. DeAndre Jordan and DeMarcus Cousins had strong outings as well, finishing with 12 each on 11/15 combined shooting.
Kyrie Irving rounded out the ten-plus point scorers with ten of his own.
Hilariously enough, Jordan air balled his only free throw attempt, and Jimmy Butler had some words of advice for him afterward, telling him to “wipe your hands before the free throws.”
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It was another stifling defensive performance by the United States, and China was held to just 30.9 percent shooting from the field and forced into 26 team turnovers. Former lottery pick Yi Jianlian led the Chinese with 18 points and seven rebounds, and Zhao Jiwei added 14 of his own to aid his overmatched team.
Zhou Qi, who was heralded as one of this draft’s best prospect, shot just 1/6 and grabbed one rebound in almost 19 minutes of action.
The next game is a rematch against the Chinese team, and that’ll be at Oracle Arena in Oakland on July 26 at 7 PM PST.
Stats courtesy of USAB
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