Kevin Durant’s shot gave the U.S. their first lead in the game and made Olympic history.
Durant has now become the all-time top scorer for the United States men’s basketball, surpassing Carmelo Antonio’s previous record of 336 points.
Durant broke the record with a pull-up 3, which was completed in 6:19 of the half. This gave the U.S. an impressive 34-33 advantage. Durant added another 3 to the next possession, as he began to distance himself from Melo.
Jrue Holiday’s basket during transition captained a 10-0 run, which increased the U.S. lead by 39-33
Durant scored eight points in the second quarter, including a fadeaway in the fourth quarter to give the Czech Republic a lead of 47-40. Blake Schilb had 14 points in the first half and then added his fourth 3 just before the buzzer. The Czech Republic was trailing only 47-43 at the end of the second half.
Czech Takes a 10-Point Lead over Team USA in the First Quarter
It wasn’t exactly the start Team the USA wanted, as the Czech Republic ended the first quarter with a 25-18 advantage.
After the Czech Republic had opened the game with a 9-2 run and hitting all four of its first shots, the U.S. was forced into a timeout at 1:52.
Blake Schilb’s consecutive threes gave the Czech Republican advantage of 17-7 over the United States, which failed to make any of its 10 first shots.
Team USA started chipping away as Zach LaVine hit from 3 a leaner while trying to draw contact with a shot clock expiring to make 21-15. Damian Lillard followed up with a 3, making it a one-possession match.
The Czech Republic shot 65 percent and was 3 of 5 from deep. In the first quarter, the U.S. only managed to shoot 35% from deep.
Kevin Durant needed six points to beat Carmelo Anthony’s record of 336 points, which he holds as the U.S. men’s basketball all-time leading scorer. Durant made an early pull-up 3 and then followed up with a mid-range jumper, to tie Anthony.
The U.S. Sees Closer Pool Play with Victory, Kevin Durant Chases Historical Record
The U.S. men’s basketball team hopes to finish the preliminary round strong after a difficult start in Tokyo.
The United States hopes to surpass the.500 marks in pool play after a dominating victory over Iran and a 7-point loss against France.
They would be guaranteed a place in the knockout round if they win. Eight of the top-12 teams will advance to the knockout stage. Seeding is the only issue in this scenario. However, a loss would jeopardize that status, but there is still a way forward.
The Czech Republic beat Iran by six points. However, France lost by 20 to the Czech Republic. They have just one NBA player in Tomas Satoransky of the Chicago Bulls.