U.S. Men’s Basketball Squashes China in Opening Game

Kevin Durant and Team USA pick up where they left off in 2012 with a whupping of China on Saturday. Photo Courtesy: Joseph Glorioso
Kevin Durant and Team USA pick up where they left off in 2012 with their thrashing of China.
Photo Courtesy: Joseph Glorioso

By Alex Al-Kazzaz

The U.S. Men’s Basketball team defeated China 119-62 on Saturday night. This victory was the 18th consecutive victory for Team USA in Olympic competition and 69th in international play since 2006.

This victory was the USA’s biggest victory in an Olympic opening game since they defeated Angola by 68 in 1992.

Kevin Durant was the best player on the hardwood in this game. The USA’s leading scorer at the London Olympics had 25 points, four rebounds, six assists and one steal going 10-14 shooting from the floor. Who will ever forget Durant scoring 30 points four years ago in the gold-medal final against Spain? It was a definitely a performance of remembrance for Durant and Team USA. In other words, Durant picked up right where he left off four years ago.

DeMarcus Cousins added 17 points, Paul George 15, and Carmelo Anthony 9 for Team USA. Anthony is now tied with LeBron James and David Robinson for most games played in the Olympics with 24.

The U.S. defense forced a total of 24 turnovers in this game.

Durant and Anthony are the only two returning players from the 2012 roster. LeBron James and Chris Paul both decided that they will not be going for the gold this year. However, head coach Mike Krzyzewski insists he has all the talent he needs. Krzyzewski, as we know, has led Team USA to an Olympic gold medal win two straight times. So it’s safe to say that he’s got everything under control. This win improved his Olympic head coaching record to 17-0.

The U.S. will square off against Venezuela on Monday. Venezuela is coming off a loss against Serbia. Team USA will look to continue their hot streak.