The USA basketball team is simply too much against the other national teams they faced in their recent exhibition matches. These games are part of their preparation for the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
They have shown their class as they convincingly won over the Venezuela National Team this time.
However, the game was not that exciting to watch as both teams struggled to score throughout the four quarters. There were minimal highlights as a result.
While the last exhibition game saw Kevin Durant played at the Oracle Arena in Oakland for the first time, this exhibition match against Venezuela was held at the United Center in Chicago. Aside from Jimmy Butler being a reason for the hometown fans to watch the game, they did not expect that the new acquisition of the Bulls, Dwyane Wade, was also there to watch inside the building.
Therefore, the noise that was made by the fans was because of the appearance of the two Chicago players.
The Venezuelans battled in the first quarter in which they were able to lead by two points, 10-8, at the 4:57 mark. But that was the only lead that they could muster as the Americans scored the next 12 unanswered points. This happened after the Venezuelans trailed by a point in the 2:25 mark of the first quarter, 13-12.
However, the USA team recovered just in time to bring back up the lead to 18 at the end of the first half.
Going into the fourth quarter, the two teams had a combined 29 of 104 field-goal shooting. This is good for a 27.9 percent clip that is a miserable figure for both of these teams. Still, the Americans are triumphant in the end by winning, 80-45.
Kyrie Irving and Klay Thompson scored 13 points apiece to lead the US National team. Meanwhile, John Cox led Venezuela with 14 points.
The last exhibition game of USA will be held in Houston on August 1 against Nigeria.
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