The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Pre Olympics Exhibition USA vs China July 24, 2016 Video replay, highlights, reactions. The United States men’s basketball team cruised in its exhibition against China on Sunday night, winning 106-57, as it continued its preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Kevin Durant led a balanced performance for Team USA with 19 points and five assists, while Klay Thompson (17 points), DeMar DeRozan (13 points, four rebounds), DeAndre Jordan (12 points, five rebounds, three blocks) and DeMarcus Cousins (12 points, seven rebounds) were all superb in limited playing time.
“We’re making great progress,” Jordan said after the game on the NBA TV broadcast.
Yi Jianlian led the way for China with 18 points and seven rebounds, while Zhao Jiwei added 14 points and two assists.
The United States wasted little time in asserting its dominance, racing out to a 26-13 lead in the first quarter. Durant led the way with nine points in the quarter, including this pull-up three-pointer from well beyond the arc, via USA Basketball.
The new Golden State Warriors star’s versatile game impressed ESPN’s J.A. Adande: “Kevin Durant has three assists in his first four minutes of action. Looks like he’s fitting into Golden State’s offense before he even gets there.”
Team USA continued to dominate in the second quarter and went into halftime with a 55-29 lead. Durant led all scorers with 14 points and four assists. Cousins added 12 points, Thompson notched nine points on 3-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc, and Carmelo Anthony posted just two points but added six rebounds.
Kyrie Irving closed out the half in style, as USA Basketball showed.
And then there was Jordan, who impressed with this vicious dunk, via USA Basketball.
Cousins’ strong first half was a reminder of what he could accomplish with a different NBA franchise, as Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com observed.
Meanwhile, Yi led China with 10 first-half points.
The United States continued to extend its lead in the third, holding China to nine points in the quarter to push the margin to 78-38. Thompson was excellent, scoring seven points in the period.
And Jordan continued his dunking exhibition, via the NBA: