Opposite an outclassed and overwhelmed Chinese national collection, USA Olympic basketball continued making beneficial strides toward their August 6 Rio opener. Following an effortless first-half performance, Team USA displayed mid-Olympic form in routing fellow Group A denizens China 106-57.
Once more, Kevin Durant led a high-octane Team U.S. offense with 19 points and five assists. Five other American players joined Durant in double-figure scoring, including Klay Thompson (17), DeMar DeRozan (13), DeMarcus Cousins (12), DeAndre Jordan (12), and Kyrie Irving (10).
Collective scoring aside, the most impressive aspect of Team USA's Sunday night showcase was how seamlessly the unit gelled as a whole. Overall, Team USA garnered 29 assists on an efficient 41 made field goals. Ten U.S. players registered one or more assist, including Durant, Anthony, and Lowry, who each had five.
In a scary harbinger of things to come, newly minted teammates Durant and Thompson each connected on four makes from deep. Klay was four-of-eight from distance, while Durant converted on four-of-five. Mike Krzyzerwski's bunch flaunted another dominant rebounding display, crushing China on the glass 40-26.
Team USA looked remarkable in dismantling Olympic-quality competition for the second consecutive exhibition. The twelve-man lineup exhibited stark improvement following a 111-74 Friday-night thumping of Argentina.
In total, each member of Team USA played 14 minutes or more, with none surpassing 20. It appears this iteration of United States Olympic Men's Basketball was cleverly designed on short notice by the national program's head brass.
The Olympic-qualifying Chinese Nationals were led by NBA-veteran Yi Jianlian's 18 points and seven rebounds. In five NBA seasons, Jianlian, 28, averaged 7.9 ppg and 4.9 rpg in 272 contests.
Overall, Team USA shot 60 percent from the field, while holding China to just 30 percent. Not surprisingly, each member of the U.S. National Team netted a positive plus/minus, with Durant's -plus 37 leading the way.
Oracle Arena will officially welcome Durant, Thompson and Draymond Green July 26, when Team USA hosts China in a return pre-Olympic exhibition contest.