Team U.S.A. built an early lead and maintained it from start to finish in Tuesday’s FIBA World Cup action.
The starting lineup again carried the United States, and New Zealand’s NBA player-less roster allowed coach Mike Krzyzewski to give Derrick Rose and others some additional rest in the first game of a back-to-back-to-back.
Anthony Davis led the U.S. once again, scoring 21 points on 7 of 13 shooting and 7 of 10 from the line to go along with 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and a block. Kenneth Faried added 15 points on 7 of 9 shooting and 11 rebounds. Klay Thompson provided the only real production off the bench with 12 points on 5 0f 9 shooting.
New Zealand has three NCAA players on it’s roster and was able to stick within a 20 to 30-point deficit for much of the tilt, but never really drew any closer.
Elsewhere in the FIBA World Cup, Ukraine squeaked out a 64-58 victory over Turkey and Australia outlasted Lithuania by a score of 82-75. There were a couple of blowouts, too, with Mexico easily besting Angola and Slovenia beat South Korea. The Dominican Republic-Finland match-up is ongoing.
The U.S. will face the Dominican Republic tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 p.m. Central Time, and the game will once again be on ESPN2.
On the Gorgui Dieng front, the Senegalese had the day off and will resume action on Wednesday 10:30 a.m. C.T. That contest will be online on ESPN3. He continued to be one of the big stories of the opening round of the tournament, and we’ll continually update his performance here at DWW.
Ricky Rubio and Spain had an incredibly impressive showing on Monday against a good Brazil team, beating them to the tune of 82-63. The only other player on the Wolves’ current roster playing in the FIBA World Cup is J.J. Barea, and Puerto Rico is (predictably) having a rough go of it right now.
Stay tuned to DWW as we update you on any potential NBA news as well as FIBA World Cup results as they occur.