Kyrie Irving only scored one basket in Team USA’s 107-57 exhibition win against China, which came off of a fast break in the first quarter. He added four rebounds and four assists.
Demarcus Cousins led Team USA with 21 points and 11 rebounds, and Carmelo Anthony, who came out of halftime bombing threes, wasn’t far behind with 20 points. Kyrie started the game at point guard, alongside a trio of Warriors in Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Kevin Durant — as well as Cousins. It’s a lineup with a lot of shooting, speed, size and skill that can play a pace-and-space style that can keep their opponents off balance, that can also fall in individual situations and create shots from the dribble. If this is a lineup that’s being groomed for the Olympics, it could easily be one of the most exciting to watch.
China was without Yi Jianlian, a former NBA lottery pick, who led them in scoring during Sunday’s exhibition game against the United States with 18 points, while Rockets draftee Zhou Qi led China on Wednesday with 13 points in the loss.
The United States will play their next game on Friday night against Venezuela in Chicago, Illinois at 9 p.m.