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Paul George rests as Team USA tops Nigeria 110-66

Paul George sat out his second straight Team USA game with a calf injury, as the team wrapped up exhibition play with a win over Nigeria.

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The United States Men's National Team wrapped up exhibition play ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympics with their fifth straight win, defeating Nigeria 110-66. A slow start for Team USA had them leading just 12-10 in the opening quarter, but from that point, it was all the Americans, outscoring Nigeria by 42 points the rest of the way. Carmelo Anthony led the way for Team USA with 19 points. Klay Thompson had 17 and Kyle Lowry had an impressive night with eight points, eight rebounds, and 11 assists.

Paul George sat out his second straight game with a left calf injury he sustained during the second half against China on Tuesday. The injury is day-to-day, but there's no reason to risk worsening the injury in an exhibition environment, not when Team USA won't play again until Saturday.

The men finished exhibition play 5-0 and outscoring their opponents by an average of 43 points per game. Only one game did the Americans score under 100 points, finishing with 80 against Venezuela, but despite shooting just 42%, they held Venezuela to just 24% shooting.

Team USA will now travel to Rio de Janeiro, when they start Olympic play Saturday against China at 6 p.m. EST. It will be the first of five Preliminary Group games. All games are 6 p.m. starts except their matchup against France, which will be an early tip at 1:15 p.m.

Saturday, August 6 vs. China
Monday, August 8 vs. Venezuela
Wednesday, August 10 vs. Australia
Friday, August 12 vs. Serbia
Sunday, August 14 vs. France