Team USA absolutely cruised by China in a 119-62 win in their opening game of the 2016 Olympics. The talent disparity between the two teams was stark and the outcome of the game was never in doubt. The United States lead 30-10 after the first quarter and the team never looked back. Kevin Durant led the USA in scoring with 25 points, Kyrie Irving chipped in 12 points, at one point hitting three straight threes. The Americans dominated the glass with a 52-29 rebounding advantage. Team USA’s length on the defensive end really bothered the Chinese and they struggled to find quality shots all game, with the Chinese squad only hitting 35.7 percent of their shots and turning the ball over 24 times. By halftime it was obvious the game would never be close and the rest of the contest went by the book.
From a Cavaliers vantage point, the game was a success. Kyrie Irving got the start and played well when he was on the court. Irving took over as a facilitator during the first half, finding Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant for multiple buckets. During the third quarter the former FIBA World Cup MVP showed that he can get buckets as well. The NBA Champion was draining threes left and right and looked very comfortable in international competition. Irving finished with 12 points and and five assists in the win.
Team USA will look to keep the momentum going on Monday night when they take on Venezuela.