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Turner and Team USA bounce back with win over Canada

Myles Turner records double-double in Team USA’s win over Canada

Canada v USA Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

Myles Turner showed once again that he is the most effective center on Team USA’s roster, as the 7-footer scored 10 points along with 15 rebounds in USA’s 84-68 victory over Canada.

Team USA took no time to get going, as the Americans’ defense stifled Canada to only nine points in the first quarter, giving them an 11-point lead going into the second quarter. The team never looked back the rest of the way.

USA was led by Jaylen Brown who scored 19 points off the bench. Kemba Walker and Donovan Mitchell each scored 12 points.

Canada was led by former Gonzaga Bulldog and Kentucky Wildcat Kyle Wiltjer with 21 points.

Canada entered the summer with high hopes of success in the World Cup, but after a series of drop-outs from their star players such as Andrew Wiggins, Jamal Murray and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, the team has been left decimated.

The lone NBA player left on their roster matched up with Turner at center, Orlando Magic’s Khem Birch.

Turner still made it look like a mismatch.

He showed why he is a Defensive Player of the Year Candidate heading into the season. The center recorded two blocks, but his activity on defense set the tone for USA the entire game. He established a presence in the paint that kept Canada on the perimeter the entire game.

This wraps up Team USA’s exhibition slate. They now enter World Cup play on September 1 against the Czech Republic at 8:30 a.m.