The U.S. men’s basketball team has a lot of work to do ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.
After losing to Nigeria in its first exhibition game on Saturday, Team USA fell to Australia on Monday night, marking the first time it has lost back-to-back exhibition games since professionals began playing in 1992.
Professionals started playing for Team USA in 1992:
July 21, 1992-July 9, 2021: 10,581 days, 2 exhibition losses
July 10-July 12, 2021: 3 days, 2 exhibition losses pic.twitter.com/nS7iGQ3KRl
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 13, 2021
Spurs guard Patty Mills led the way in Australia’s 91-83 win, scoring 22 points and hitting clutch shots down the stretch. Jazz forward Joe Ingles contributed 17 points, and 76ers guard Matisse Thybulle filled up the box score with 12 points, three assists, three steals, two rebounds and two blocks.
NBA All-Stars Damian Lillard and Kevin Durant combined for 39 of Team USA’s 83 points in the loss. While the roster clearly has a ton of talent, this group has failed to execute at a consistently high level on either end of the floor. Team USA will look to bounce back and capture its first exhibition victory against Argentina on Tuesday.
Sporting News provided live updates and highlights from the U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team’s exhibition game against Australia. Check out all the highlights you missed right here.
USA vs. Australia score
USA vs. Australia live updates, highlights
(All times Eastern)
Final: Australia 91, USA 83
9:55 p.m. — Matthew Dellavedova punches the ball out to Joe Ingles, who ends Australia’s win with an easy layup. Two losses in a row for Team USA. Wow.
9:45 p.m. — Patty Mills has scored some big buckets for Australia. The Spurs guard has 21 points and four assists.
9:40 p.m. — Jayson Tatum finishes at the rim in transition, and Team USA is back on top.
9:35 p.m. — What a tremendous block by Matisse Thybulle. It’s not often you see Kevin Durant get rejected on a jumper.
End of third quarter: Australia 69, USA 64
9:25 p.m. — Chris Goulding beats the buzzer to give Australia a five-point lead heading into the final frame. Team USA is in trouble . . . again.
9:20 p.m. — And here comes Australia. Duop Reath’s 3-pointer caps off a 10-2 run for Australia, and we are all tied up at 60.
DUOP REATH with the 3PT to tie the game late in the third! 🤩
— Basketball Australia (@BasketballAus) July 13, 2021
9:10 p.m. — Kevin Durant remains a cheat code.
Halftime: USA 46, Australia 37
8:50 p.m. — Damian Lillard leads all scorers with 16 first-half points, but the real story here is Team USA’s improved defensive effort. Australia struggled to find any offensive flow in the second quarter because of Team USA’s ball pressure and intensity.
8:40 p.m. — Bradley Beal shows off his speed and throws down the easy two-handed slam.
8:30 p.m. — A rough offensive start to the second quarter for both squads. Team USA and Australia have scored only four total points through the first three-plus minutes of the period.
End of first quarter: USA 27, Australia 24
8:20 p.m. — Damian Lillard is heating up. The Trail Blazers star already has 11 points.
8:10 p.m. — Good news for Australia: Joe Ingles has drilled his first three 3-pointers. Bad news for Australia: Aron Baynes appeared to suffer a right knee injury after a collision with Bradley Beal.
8 p.m. — The starters for each team…
- USA: Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal, Jerami Grant, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green
- Australia: Matthew Dellavedova, Patty Mills, Joe Ingles, Jock Landale, Aron Baynes
7:45 p.m. — One thing to watch in this game: Nigeria went 20 of 42 from 3-point range in its victory. Team USA has to tighten up the perimeter defense against Australia.
7:30 p.m. — Team USA is hoping the blue uniforms will bring better luck than the white set.
How to watch USA basketball
All five USA Olympic men’s basketball exhibition games will be broadcast live on NBCSN before the Americans head off to Tokyo.
You can also stream Team USA games online with fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.
|Date||Game||Time (ET)||TV channel|
|July 10||USA vs. Nigeria||8 p.m.||NBCSN|
|July 12||USA vs. Australia||8 p.m.||NBCSN|
|July 13||USA vs. Argentina||6 p.m.||NBCSN|
|July 16||USA vs. Australia||6 p.m.||NBCSN|
|July 18||USA vs. Spain||9 p.m.||NBCSN|
When do the Olympics start?
The opening ceremony at the 2021 Olympics is July 23. The men’s basketball tournament tips off two days later on July 25 and ends with the medal games on Aug. 6-7.
Team USA is one of 12 teams to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. It will be playing in Group A. Its group-play opponents will be France, Iran and the Czech Republic.
|July 25||USA vs. France||8 a.m.|
|July 28||USA vs. Iran||12:40 a.m.|
|July 31||USA vs. Czech Republic||8 a.m.|
|Aug. 3||Men’s basketball quarterfinals||TBD|
|Aug. 5||Men’s basketball semifinals||TBD|
|Aug. 6||Men’s basketball gold-medal game||TBD|
|Aug. 7||Men’s basketball bronze-medal game||TBD|
Original source here
#USA #Australia #score #results #Aussies #hand #Team #USA #consecutive #loss