NBA players Kevin Durant and Paul George lead the USA basketball team as they start their Olympic journey to get their twentieth Olympic gold medal in the 2016 Summer Olympics this August 2016 at Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
The reigning Olympic gold medallist, Team USA defeated Argentina, Friday night via a score of 111-74 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
USA team encountered difficulties on communication and on teamwork despite the fact that they have more experience than the Argentinians. The team only played together for just only four days of practice.
Incoming Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant and Indiana Pacers forward Paul George topped the scoring. Durant scored 23 points while George scored 18 points.
Helping them was New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, who added 17 points and Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins, who posted 14 points and 15 rebounds.
On the other hand, Andres Nocioni led Argentina with 15 points and Manu Ginobili chipped in 11.
This is the first time Paul George played in an international game since the traumatic injury last August 2014 when he fractured his right leg in an intrasquad scrimmage. He shot 6-for-9 from the field with a pair of three pointers.
“Really the final step in this chapter is coming home with that gold,” George said. “This is definitely a huge step for me personally, but as a whole, it’s winning the gold.”
Meanwhile, this is the first game of Kevin Durant after leaving the Oklahoma City Thunders.
Before heading to Rio de Janeiro, Team USA will play over the next 11 days. The Americans will be playing with a tune-up game against China, Venezuela and Nigeria.
Team USA will face China for their first game in the preliminary round on this year’s Olympics on Aug. 6, 2016.
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