Americans get their first test

by Steven Clarke August 15, 2016, 0:19
Americans get their first test

They play so well together as one. The U.S. settled for quick three-point shots and went one-on-one too much while the Aussies played physical defense, ran their offense and got open looks. "We're not afraid of anyone. We knew that coming in - this team has a knack for being a little dirty". With Mills in mesmerising form and 2015 NBA Champion Andrew Bogut complementing him, the Boomers took a 54-49 lead by the end of the second quarter.

"There's a reason why he's been doing this for many years, he's special".

Anthony has scored 293 points in Olympic competition, 20 more than James, who skipped a chance to play in his fourth games after leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to an National Basketball Association title this season.

The Aussies stayed hot on the US NBA stars' heels but came no closer than four points after that, thanks in large part to Anthony.

After nothing but pushovers this summer, the US men's basketball team faced someone who pushed back.

They got it from strong - mentally and physically - and talented Australia, a team that is capable of winning a medal and perhaps playing the US for gold on August 21, the final day of the Olympics.

Colangelo was watching courtside as the team he built on the theory that chemistry is just as important as talent struggled to contain Australia defensively and was taken out of its offensive flow by the aggressive play of the Australians.

"We were trying to do it on our own in the first half, taking tough shots, ones we can make, but we were taking tough ones and they were beating us into taking tough ones". "One is the streak is over".

"We had every opportunity to win the game".

The Americans hit seven first-quarter threes – five from Anthony – but Australia steadied in defence and began to hit the mark offensively. He became the all-time leading scorer for the Olympic history, boosting his total to 293 points over four Games.

He scored the first nine points on three triples for the US against Australia. "You beat one of the best teams in the tournament".

Said Krzyzewski, "They're going to vie for the gold medal".

"I think that every time we come out for the United States of America we have one of these games which is good for us".

The Australians gave the US plenty to think about in its next practice session.

Boomers legend and now assistant coach Luc Longley fired back in response: "Tell 'em that's worldwide basketball".

"Not tonight", he said.

' Can anybody beat Team USA?

Kyrie Irving #10 of United States handles the ball against Matthew Dellavedova #8 of Australia during the Men's Preliminary Round Group A game between Australia and the United States on Day 5 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 1 on August 10, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The United States made Carmelo Anthony aware he was close to breaking LeBron James' Olympics scoring record.

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