USA too long for China

So much length.

The USA men’s Olympic basketball team cast a giant eclipse on the rim and China couldn’t find it.

Aside from a few acrobatic layups, and deep shots by former NBA player Yi Jianlian, points were hard to come by for the Chinese in a 119-62 loss to the United States in a preliminary round Group A game.

Kevin Durant was by far the best player on the court and perfectly embodied the difference between the US and its opponent Saturday evening. Possibly the tallest player on the court, Durant lit China up from the perimeter, scoring 25 points on 5-8 shooting from three. 

Defensively, the likes of Durant, DeAndre Jordan, and the rest of their super team, forced China into quick shots early in the clock. And the longer possessions dragged on, the more unlikely it was China would find a better look. Yi scored 25 points. No other player for China reached double digits.

DeMarcus Cousins dominated the fourth quarter, providing the presence of an interior bully that seemed to demoralize China down the stretch. He scored 17 points. Paul George scored 15, and Kyrie Irving scored 12.

The highlight of the game depended on which side you were rooting for. George was dropped to the floor by a step-back dribble from China’s point guard. But by then, the game was well out of reach. For USA fans, DeMar Derozan’s two-handed fast break dunk on a defender probably took the cake.

Up next, USA faces Venezuela in another preliminary round Group A matchup. Venezuela lost to Serbia, 86-62, in its opening game.


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