Team USA Stomps On Dominican Republic
Kevin Durant scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the U.S. Olympic basketball team to a 113-59 victory over the Dominican Republic in Thursday nights exhibition game.
The MVP of the world basketball championship two years ago, Durant came off the bench to shoot 9 of 11 from the field, making 5 of 6 3-pointers in 22 minutes.
Andre Iguodala added 18 points and Carmelo Anthony had 13 for the Americans, who were without All-Star forward Blake Griffin. He returned to Los Angeles for evaluation Thursday after experiencing discomfort following practice Wednesday in his left knee, the same one that bothered him in the playoffs.
Alternate Anthony Davis took his place and was in uniform against his college coach, John Calipari of national champion Kentucky. Davis replaced forward Blake Griffin who returned to Los Angeles for evaluation Thursday after experiencing discomfort following practice Wednesday in his left knee, the same one that bothered him in the playoffs.
LeBron James and Kobe Bryant both had limited duty, playing less than 20 minutes and combining for 11 points. The Americans head across the country Friday to continue their training in Durant’s hometown of Washington. They will play an exhibition game against Brazil on Monday before finishing their Olympic preparations in Europe.