Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Kemba Walker had a team-high in both minutes (23) and points (23). Jayson Tatum and Jaylen brown each scored 11 points.

The Boston Celtics Marcus Smart did not play, but his three teammates truly shined in Team USA’s 102-84 win over a determined Australia crew. Kemba Walker started the game once again and played a team-high 23 minutes, while putting up a team-high 23 points and grabbing six rebounds. No one apparently told the Australian Boomers that this was merely exhibition. The game was in doubt for the first two-and-a-half quarters.

The Aussies went on a 12-2 run to close the first half with a score of 44-43 in favor of the Yanks. Then things turned around with 2:10 left in the third quarter when the Boston Celtics Team Shamrock , along with Donovan Mitchell, took over. Team USA went on a 10-0 run, resulting in a 54-45 score and a nine point lead for the Americans.

The fourth quarter saw Team USA broaden the margin. Myles Turner was a powerhouse throughout the game, finishing with 15 points and 14 rebounds. Jaylen Brown, who started the game with Walker, played point guard on a few possessions, bringing the ball upcourt. He ended with 11 points, six rebounds and one beauty of a block on Patty Mills:

Jayson Tatum finished the game with 11 points, three rebounds and four (yes, four) assists. The assist-number would have been higher had his USA teammates been able to finish on a few of his passes. Jayson’s lob pass to Jaylen was notable for its perfection but also for the announcer calling the play a “nightmare” for the one Aussie defender trying to stop it.

Patty Mills and Chris Goulding each scored 19 points for Australia, but Team USA’s 48% shooting on field goals and 43% on 3-pointers was too much to counter. USA will face the Boomers once again on Saturday.

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