Team USA obliterated China in their second tune-up game in preparation for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Tuesday’s showdown was the first time Kevin Durant played at Oracle Arena as a bona fide member of the Golden State Warriors.
After beating China 106-57 on Sunday at Staples Center, Team USA recently outdid themselves by demolishing the same opponent in a 107-57 win. The Americans were stellar all throughout the game while the Chinese struggled to keep up both offensively and defensively.
Zhou Peng and Guo Ailun were the leading point men for China with 11 apiece. Former Washington Wizards power forward Yi Jianlian did not play in the game reportedly due to passport issues.
Right before tipoff, the Warriors trio of Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green took to center court to dedicate the game to the fans watching. The crowd responded with a roaring cheer.
Despite only tallying 13 points on 50 percent shooting, Durant didn’t disappoint his new home crowd. The four-time NBA scoring champion scored the first 10 points for Team USA en route to their blowout victory.
“They know that decision I made, how stressful that time was,” Durant commented on his new Warriors teammates, via ESPN. “Just trying to make me feel comfortable, and I appreciate them for that, and it’s just a testament to who they are as people — being great teammates already, man. So I’m looking forward to a great season.”
Shortly after Durant hit a contested three-point shot to start the game, Thompson told sideline reporters, “This could be a problem [for the league].” Thompson had 15 points himself along with 5 assists.
Team USA and China are destined to meet again at the preliminary stages on the Olympic basketball tournament. Both squads belong in Group A. They will play for the third time this year on August 6 at the Carioca Arena 1 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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