Kevin Durant led six double figure scorers for Team USA in a rout against Team China. Both teams struggled early, but the USA broke out of their funk as Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson opened up from three point range. Durant led six double figure scorers in a _-_ win. The United States had their way defensively against China, especially Paul George, who led the way with three steals.
George started for Team USA, but his shot wasn't anywhere near the level it was on Friday. George finished 1-6 from the field, scoring all five of his points in the fourth quarter. His lone field goal came on a fadeaway after rebounding his own missed free throw. But while George didn't offer up much offensively, he had a tremendous defensive performance. China was on the hook for numerous shot clock violations, George having a say in perplexing the Chinese offense.
For as active as George defending the perimeter and Chinese ball-handlers, it was surprising to see him only end up with one foul. While officials probably didn't want to muck up action with unnecessary foul trouble (Carmelo Anthony and Draymond Green led the way with three) in an exhibition game, it allowed George to showcase himself as the best player on that end of the floor.
It would be nice for George to find his shot in Tuesday's game in Oakland, but the format makes it difficult for him to work through early struggles to do so. But if he remains the defensive impact he was tonight moving forward, it won't be his shooting or play on offense that will look to make his Olympic campaign a successful one. Team USA's next showcase against China will be a late tip locally, starting 10 p.m. Eastern.