Team USA improved their standing to 2-0 in pool play of the World Championships, defeating Slovenia 99-77 earlier this morning after waxing Croatia 106-78 yesterday. There were nothing but positives in both games for the Americans, who saw local hero Eric Gordon score a team high 16 points on four three pointers to lead the way against Croatia.
Croatia fought hard against the US, trailing by two after the opening quarter, but a 3-17 field goal effort in the second quarter pushed the United States into a blowout victory. While Gordon was the highlight of the evening, Pacers forward Danny Granger was more than valuable to the cause, scoring 9 points in 15 minutes of action as Kevin Durant added in 14, Chauncey Billups with 12 and Kevin Love with 10 rebounds in a game where all twelve players put points on the scoreboard.
The United States saw a quick turnaround, facing Slovenia at 9;30 a.m. local time. The Slovenian fans showed up in droves to support their team, hoping to give them a home court advantage against Team USA. After a quick start, the Americans built a solid lead, before a second quarter drought allowed Slovenia to come within five points.
Slovenia managed to keep the game within striking distance until midway through the third quarter, when consecutive plays blew the game wide open for the United States as they would go on to cruise to a 22-point victory. Kevin Durant led the way with 22 points and Rudy Gay chipped in 16. Kevin Love notched up a double double against Slovenia, with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
After the big game yesterday, Eric Gordon was unable to find his shooting touch, going a dreadful 2-9 from the field, finishing with six points. Danny Granger certainly didn’t fare any better, picking up three fouls in seven minutes of action, missing his only field goal attempt. Former Pacers first round pick Primoz Brezec scored 5 points and hauled in 3 rebounds in the losing effort.
Team USA is off today before playing Brazil tomorrow. All the grief the American team has gotten for lack of size will be tested tomorrow, as the Brazilians feature an NBA ready front court of Nene, Andersen Varejao, and Tiago Splitter. After the jump, more Team USA coverage.
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- United States, Croatia Box Score
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- Kevin Durant Leads Team USA Past Slovenia - Highlights from the win.over Slovenia