US National Team Demolishes Great Britain
The United States men’s National Basketball team made Great Britain look more like Terrible Britain after a 118-78 drubbing in Manchester, England today.
USA shot 60.3% from the field and had six double figure scorers, led by Carmelo Anthony and Deron Williams who each had 19 points. LeBron James had 16 points on 7-10 shooting, with Russell Westbrook throwing in 15 for the Americans. Kevin Durant had 13 and Anthony Davis threw in 11 in 13 garbage time minutes.
The key, much like their exhibition with the Dominican Republic, was defense. They forced 27 turnovers as they held the British side to just under 41% from the field on the game. Great Britain had one bright spot on the game, Chicago Bulls All-Star Luol Deng, who led all scorers with 25 points.
One source for concern for the Americans is their failures on the glass. They were outrebounded 35-34 on the game with former George Washington standout Pops Mensah-Bonsu leading Great Britain with nine rebounds. Spain boasts the Gasols and Serge Ibaka. If you have your hands full with Pops Mensah-Bonsu, you have to be afraid of what those three could do to you.
The United States takes the court next on Sunday against Argentina in Barcelona, Spain.