Americans top Antetokounmpo, Greece at World Cup 69-53

Ross Houston
September 10, 2019

Team USA, led by San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, came out red hot in their third game at the FIBA World Cup, scoring the game's first 13 points before finally giving up a pair of free throws nearly five minutes into the first quarter.

"The Wizards and Japan Basketball will continue to work together on Rui's long term development throughout the NBA season and leading into Rui's participation in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics".

Nigeria's D'Tigers defeated their West African rivals Cote d'Ivoire by 83-66 points in the classification game at the ongoing FIBA World Cup in Guangzhou, China.

Jaylen Brown scored 20 points, Kemba Walker added 15 and the US rolled past Japan 98-45 Thursday in the Group E finale. The good news is that the National Basketball Association season is right around the corner. "At least with an Asian team we can play on the same level and be able to give ourselves a chance of winning that game".

The United States led 56-23 at halftime and extended its advantage to 84-31 by the end of the third quarter.

"I think we've got a lot of room for improvement", Brown said.

Japan: The Japanese missed their first six shots, and went 5:48 without a field goal until center Nick Fazekas rattled in a short jumper. Basically, Japan provided the light scrimmage the USA really needed. Ivory Coast (0-3); China (1-2) vs. Korea (0-3). Thus, the USA team entered the tournament led by a mixture of younger players looking to prove their worth at an global level and veterans who hadn't had the chance to represent their country in worldwide play before. And three members of the Boston Celtics who are on the USA roster - Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart - faced Antetokounmpo in the second round of last season's playoffs, the Bucks winning in five games. The Americans have led for 147:02, and games have been tied for 10:10. But, he's also attacking the glass and finding other means to his offense-which essentially describes his overall game, he's much more than just a three-point threat.

Serbia expanded on their World Cup-best point differential, which is now up to plus-163. "He's got an all-around game". We knew they were playing hard in the endgame. It has New Zealand, Montenegro and Turkey in its pool.

Greece jumped out to a nine-point lead in Nanjing after the first quarter, which was basically the winning edge in the Group F game.

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