Team USA beat Australia 102-86 in front of more than 51.000 spectators

Team USA beat Australia 102-86 in front of more than 51.000 spectators

USA Men Earn 102-86 Win in First of Two Exhibitions Against Australia

The USA Basketball Men’s National Team (2-0) topped Australia 102-86 in the first of two exhibition matchups between the teams on Thursday night at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

Kemba Walker (Boston Celtics) led the USA with 23 points; while Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers) added 15 points and collected 14 rebounds.

The USA jumped out to a 6-0 lead to start the game, and at the first timeout with 4:32 on the clock, Australia was just 3-of-11 from the field. The Boomers heated up, however, and finished the quarter shooting 40.0% (8-20 FGs) to trail the USA 22-20. Kyle Kuzma (Los Angeles Lakers) was 3-of-4 from 3-point in the first quarter for nine points.

Australia went ahead 25-22 to start the second period, but Walker tied the game with a three-point play and then pulled up for a jumper to put the USA up 27-25. After points from Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz), Australia called a timeout at 7:21, but it did not slow the USA, which took a 39-28 lead at 5:04, when Australia again called for a break.

Two 3s and a three-point play from Mills over the remaining minutes of the first half, however, helped Australia cut it to 44-43 at halftime. Mills had 13 points at the midway point; while for the USA Turner already had grabbed nine rebounds to help the USA take a 30-21 advantage on the boards.

Australia took its second lead of the game, 45-44, to start the second half, but it was short lived. Turner scored to kick off a 13-0 run and return the USA to the lead, 57-45. The USA pushed its lead to as many as 14 points twice in the quarter and then to 15, 76-61, headed into the final 10 minutes.

The USA went on to outscore Australia 26-25 in the fourth to earn the win.

Patty Mills and Chris Goulding led the scoring for Australia with 19 apiece.

Source: USA Basketball.

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