USA Basketball cruised to another blowout win, while Australia scored another impressive victory in the Day 3 of the 2016 Olympic Basketball men’s competition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
USA 113 – 69 Venezuela
Team USA had a slow start but started to pull away in the second period en route to a 113-69 win against Venezuela on Monday night at Carioca Arena 1. It was USA Basketball’s second straight blowout win after also running away with a 57-point win against China in their opening game.
Venezuela managed to force an 18-18 deadlock after the first period but USA Basketball got into their rhythm, building a 48-26 lead at the half. They never looked back and continued their dominance en route to the convincing victory over the reigning FIBA Americas champions.
Paul George led the Americans with 20 points, while Kevin Durant added 16 points and five assists. Carmelo Anthony and DeAndre Jordan chipped in 14 markers apiece with the latter grabbing nine rebounds. The complete USA vs Venezuela box scores and play-by-play details can be seen on FIBA’s Olympic 2016 page.
Australia 95 – 80 Serbia
Meanwhile, Australia proved their win against France in Day 1 was no fluke. The Boomers took down another European powerhouse on Monday, running away with a 95-80 victory over Serbia.
Serbia held a precarious one-point lead heading into the final 10 minutes of the match. However, San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills and former Cleveland Cavaliers backup playmaker Matthew Dellavedova led a huge rally down the stretch to pull away and notch their second win in as many games.
Mills exploded for 26 points in 33 minutes of playing time, while Dellavedova had a solid and efficient all-around performance, racking up 23 points on 7-for-8 shooting and dishing out 13 assists for the Boomers.
Miroslav Raduljica led Serbia with 25 points, while Milos Teodosic ended up with 17 points. The Australia vs Serbia box scores and play-by-play details is available on this link.
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