It didn’t take long for Team USA to establish themselves as the dominant team in Thursday’s matchup with Japan.
The began the game on a 13-0 run, leaving no doubt that they were the superior team.
Myles Turner, who started at center again, contributed with 2 points, 4 rebounds and a block during that run.
The team won by a final score of 98-45.
Turner ended the game with 3 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks in 18 minutes. The game served as a much-needed rest for the big man after playing 28 minutes against USA’s dogfight against Turkey on Tuesday.
Brook Lopez and Mason Plumlee, who have not seen a lot of crucial minutes at center during group play, saw an increase in minutes due to the blowout.
USA was led by Jaylen Brown with 20 points and Kemba Walker with 15 points.
Japan was led by Yudai Baba with 18 points.
In Turner’s short stints, he was dominant on the glass yet again, a clear improvement he has made in his game since joining Team USA.
Again, he was disruptive on defense by defending the rim. His size and leaping ability created difficulty for Japan to score at the rim.
USA is back in action on Saturday against Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Greece at 8:30 a.m. EST on ESPN+.