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Team USA didn't have much trouble Thursday night as they absolutely thrashed the Dominican Republic 113-59 in an exhibition game, in Las Vegas.
Timberwolves All-Star forward Kevin Love finished with 11pts, 5reb (2 o-rebs, 3 d-rebs), 2ast, 2stls, 1blk, 1fl, 4-7 FG, 1-3 3PT, 2-3 FT in 19:11 bench minutes.
Kevin Durant was the high scorer for the US, he finished with 24pts, 10reb and 2ast in 22:20 off the bench. Andre Iguodala played 20:26 off the bench and finished with 18pts, 3reb and 2stls.
The first five minutes of the game were close, however, after that, it was brutal. There were a lot of three-balls going down (13-33 on the night) as the Team USA-ers seemed to enjoy the shorter international three-point line (1.5 ft. shorter than in the NBA).
Anthony Davis has yet to play a game in the NBA, but he just finished his first Olympic game for Team USA and it's sounding as though it won't be his last. According to multiple sources, Blake Griffin has a torn meniscus in his left knee and will not return to Team USA, leaving him out for the next 8+ weeks. With Kevin Love and Tyson Chandler being the only other two (TRUE) big men on the roster, adding Anthony Davis (over Eric Gordon or Rudy Gay--the other two alternates) makes sense. Davis played just under 10 minutes and finished with 9pts & 1reb.
The Dominican Republic had two NBA players on the roster: Hawks center Al Horford (7pts, 6reb, 3ast, 1-12 FG) and Kings swingman Francisco Garcia (1reb, 1ast in 8:55 min). However, they both clearly struggled (as did the entire DR team). Their leading scorer? Elipidio Fortuna, who ended the night with 10pts, 3-4 FG in 21:24 minutes off the bench.
Here's the final box score from tonight's game: Team USA 113, Dominican Republic 59.
That's all for now, thanks for reading HOWL and GO TEAM USA (and WOLVES)!
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