Myles Turner led Team USA in scoring for the first time in FIBA play with 16 points as Team USA rolled passed Brazil 89-73.
Brazil, who is led by former NBA players Leandro Barbosa and Anderson Varejao and current Grizzly Bruno Caboclo, stayed tough during the first half as USA was only able to break a 43-39 lead.
But the second half was a different story.
The Americans busted out on a quick run in the third quarter to give them an 11-point lead heading into the last period. Team USA continued to expand their lead in the fourth quarter on their way to the victory.
USA was led by Turner with 16 points and 8 rebounds and Kemba Walker with 16 points.
Brazil was led by Vitor Benite with 21 points.
Turner continued to showcase his improved rebounding as he battled with Varejao, who is still a strong rebounder despite his age, and ended with 8 boards.
But the best part of his game may have been his pick-and-roll execution. The big-man has always been known as a good pick-and-popper but has often struggled with execution as a roller.
Today was a different story.
In one circumstance, Turner caught the ball on the roll and executed a spin move to his right and showed good touch at the rim to finish the bucket.
Another time, he caught the ball in traffic but showed strength as he finished through Caboclo on his way to another two points.
This might have been Turner’s best performance of the tournament.
The team has now advanced to the quarterfinals. The date and time of the game is TBD.