Through 10 minutes, Team USA were shocked to find themselves in a slugfest with Venezuela, who forced an 18-18 tie after the first quarter. A tight whistle had the United States taken aback early as DeMarcus Cousins, Klay Thompson, and Paul George each had two first quarter fouls to alongside poor shooting (sans Kevin Durant) and a number of turnovers opened the door for Venezuela to hold a lead late in the first quarter.
Team USA settled into their game in the second quarter, outscoring Venezuela 30-8 to put the game well in their favor. Venezuela's offense returned in the third quarter, once again nearly drawing a tie with the United States, cutting a point into the 22-point deficit before a George layup late in the third helped push him into a rhythm, allowing Team USA to put Venezuela away in the fourth quarter.
George finished with a team high 20 points, 19 of those coming in the second half as Team USA outscored Venezuela 38-18 in the fourth quarter. George struggled adjusting to the game in the first quarter, picking up his two quick fouls and sitting out the remainder of the first half. His return in the third quarter turned into a layup and three pointer, setting up a monster fourth.
George had 14 in the fourth quarter including a pair of three pointers as he finished with three on an impressive 6-7 shooting night, capping his night with an impressive dunk.
Five Americans reached double figures, including 17 from Jimmy Butler, 16 from Kevin Durant, and 14 apiece from Carmelo Anthony and DeAndre Jordan. Team USA will be back in action on Wednesday when they face their toughest challenge yet against Australia. Both teams will enter the game 2-0.