Team USA was looking to bounce back against Canada, and they did exactly that this morning in Sydney, Australia, winning 84-68.
The red, white, and blue hopped out to an early lead right out the gates, closing the first quarter on a run that gave them a 20-9 lead. Donovan Mitchell, once again, gave Team USA their opening bucket, and again, it came in the form of a midrange jumper.
Mitchell played his best basketball of the morning in the opening quarter with 6 points, 2 assists, and 2 rebounds in Q1. He finished the game with 12 points on 5-12 shooting (1-5 3pt), 4 assists, 3 rebounds, and 2 steals. His best play of the game came in the final moments of the second quarter, when he threw down a HUGE alley-oop from Khris Middleton at the buzzer.
The national team will now travel to Shanghai, where they will begin their final preparations and training prior to the FIBA World Cup tipping off on September 1st. There’s a lot to look forward to in this Team USA squad trying to prove their worth, especially after their loss to Australia last week. Should be a really fun tournament in China.