Kevin Durant set a new record in Team USA history by passing the basketball to Carmelo Anthony as USA’s all-time leading Olympic scorer which advances to the knockout stage with a win over the Czech Republic.
The USA defeats the Czech- Republic 119 to 84 and Kevin Durant passes Carmelo as the all-time leading Olympic scorer for team USA. He had 23 points in this game and Jason Tatum was off the bench with 27th. This was an interesting game. The US Olympic team shifted gears after a slow start, kept up the pressure, and ended up with a victory.
Durant has played in a total of 19 Olympic games that span from the 2012 London Games, 2016 Rio Games, and 2020 Tokyo Games. He has scored in double digits in all of them, scoring over 20 points six times, and was the team’s leading scorer in 2012 and 2016.
The U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team is quickly finding its groove in Tokyo. Taking home a 119-84 blowout victory over the Czech Republic to guarantee a spot in the knockout stage.
Czech – Republic, they came out hot. They had the early lead in the first quarter. It was looking scary. Lillard was missing shots. He finished with just eight points tonight and they couldn’t get rid of this team until the third quarter. That’s when the USA pulled away. They won the quarter 35 points to 17.
Finally, we got some defensive intensity for the USA. Jason Tatum had two blocks, Zach Levine had a steal, three steals for Jrue Holiday. It’s all about the defense. You have got to play this level of defense if you want to be able to win these games because they are showing you all these international teams. It was a mop-up job really.
TeamUSA defeats his opponent and moves to the quarterfinals:
Jayson Tatum and Kevin Durant both had their best games in the Olympics thus far. Jayson Tatum led the way with 27 points on 10-16 shooting and 5-10 from three to go with two rebounds, two blocks, and one assist in 24 minutes of action. Kevin Durant also added 23 points on 8-11 shooting and 4-7 from three to go with eight rebounds, six assists, and one block, breaking the all-time Olympic scoring record in the process. Zach Lavine (13 points), Jrue Holiday (11 points), and Javale McGee (10 points) rounded out double-digit scorers.
As for the participating former Kentucky Wildcats, Bam Adebayo finished with 6 points on 3-4 shooting to go with three rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 21 minutes, while Devin Booker added five points on 1-3 shooting and 1-2 from three to go with one rebound, one block, three turnovers and five fouls in ten minutes. Keldon Johnson played just four minutes and grabbed one rebound.
With the victory ( 2-1 record), Team USA advances to the quarterfinals, which begin Monday, August 2. Sitting at 2-1 in Preliminary round action- the team suffered an opening-round loss to France, but bounced back against Iran in game two- the USA will have to wait until the group play concludes on Sunday to find out its next opponent. Three more wins to bring gold home.