Contact Us

U.S. Men Rout France 98-71

Getty Images

The U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team got off to a good start on Sunday in their first game of tournament play rolling over France 98-71. Led by Kevin Durant’s 22 points and 9 rebounds the U.S. was never in serious trouble after being up only one at end of the first quarter.

Kobe Bryant added 10 in only 12 minutes of action and Lebron James added 9 points and 8 assists in his 25 minutes. Tyson Chandler looked great in his 11 minutes scoring 8 points and grabbing 9 rebounds. Kevin Love chipped in with 14 points off the bench as did Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook each with 9 off the bench.

France is not the worst team in the tournament but are not necessarily considered contenders for medals. They have some NBA names with Tony Parker (10 points) leading the way but Ronny Turiaf (7 points, 9 rebounds), Nicolas Batum (7 points), Boris Diaw (9 points, 6 rebounds) and Kevin Seraphin (3 points) just didn’t  stand a chance. Ali Traore who plays professionally in Russia was France’s leading scorer with 12 points off the bench.

France is not one of the few teams that are considered a threat to beat the U.S but at times the U.S. did look sloppy and racked up 14 turnovers throughout the game. Overall the U.S. looked fine and blew the game open in the second half. Up 17 at the start of the fourth quarter the first overall pick in June’s  NBA Draft Anthony Davis even saw some action off the bench. In his 8 minutes of play Davis scored three points and grabbed three rebounds.

The U.S. Men’s basketball team will play again on Tuesday against Tunisia who was beaten by Nigeria 60-56 on Saturday.

More from 104.5 The Team

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://1045theteam.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!