menu close twitter facebook snapchat instagram youtube article basketball gallery graph left-arrow right-arrow search star trophy video net clipboard shield-check shield-star stopwatch

Men's Teams

Nov 23, 2017 7:30 PM est
USA 85 vs. PUR 78
FIBA World Cup of Basketball for Men
2017-19 Americas World Cup Qualifier
Nov 26, 2017 5:00 PM est
USA 91 vs. MEX 55
FIBA World Cup of Basketball for Men
2017-19 Americas World Cup Qualifier

Men's Shop

REPRESENT YOUR FAVORITE PLAYERS

Shop Now USA Basketball

Women's Teams

2017 USA Women's Teams Schedule
Aug 12, 2017 3:00 PM edt
USA 78 vs. AUS 60
USA Women's U23 National Team
2017 U24 Four Nations Tournament
Aug 13, 2017 3:00 PM edt
USA 107 vs. CAN 61
USA Women's U23 National Team
2017 U24 Four Nations Tournament
Aug 15, 2017 3:00 PM edt
USA 103 vs. JPN 71
USA Women's U23 National Team
2017 U24 Four Nations Tournament

Women's Shop

GRAB YOUR OFFICIAL TEAM SHIRTS NOW

Shop Now USA Basketball

USA Blue Team Captures 100-81 Win Over USA White In 2009 USA Basketball Showcase

  • Date:
    May 1, 2012

Box ScoreAdditional QuotesPhoto Gallery

Featuring five players in double-figure scoring, including 20 points from Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder / Texas), the USA Blue Team fought back to erase an early deficit and capture a 100-81 win over the USA White Team in the 2009 USA Basketball Showcase on Saturday night at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev. The Showcase was the culmination of the 2009 USA Basketball Men's National Team Mini-Camp, which featured participation from 20 players and practice sessions on Thursday and Friday in Las Vegas.

'Jerry (Colangelo) had the idea to do this, and we all felt it would be good, but I think it was great,' said Mike Krzyzewski, who was named Tuesday head coach of the USA Men's National Team program for 2009-2012. 'Jerry just got through talking to them, and I said a few words and you could feel the sense of pride from all the guys. We had four really good days here, all these guys have built up USA equity, let's put it that way.'

Durant, who shot a 9-of-9 from the free throw line, also recorded eight rebounds and four assists, while Brook Lopez (New Jersey Nets / Stanford) added 18 points on a 7-of-8 shooting performance from the field, and Kyle Korver (Utah Jazz / Creighton), Thaddeus Young (Philadelphia 76ers / Georgia Tech) and Anthony Randolph (Golden State Warriors / LSU) also helped USA Blue with 12 points each.

'I just wanted to play an all-around game - rebound, score, pass, play defense,' Durant said. 'So, I could have done better on the defensive end, but I think overall we played a good team game.'

USA White Team member Rudy Gay (Memphis Grizzlies / Connecticut) drilled 11-of-12 attempts from the field and 3-4 from 3-point, to finish as the game's high scorer with 27 points; O.J. Mayo (Memphis Grizzlies / USC) added 13 points and four assists for the U.S. White squad; and Ronnie Brewer (Utah Jazz / Arkansas) contributed 11 points and a game high six steals.

'This is bigger than the Atlanta Hawks, Memphis Grizzlies, Chicago Bulls,' Gay said. 'It's bigger than that. It's about your country, and I think everybody pretty much gave their all and tried as hard as they could.'

Gay, who tallied eight points in the first period alone, sank a jumper at 7:53 to give White an early 6-2 lead. The Blue team countered with a 9-2 spurt and at 6:05 had recaptured an 11-8 lead following an Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers / Arizona) 3-pointer. USA White answered right back, however, and closed the first period with a 15-4 run, and at the game's first break, the White Team led 23-15.

Midway through the second period, with 4:37 on the clock, the Blue had fought back to pull within four, 31-27. Gay again sparked his team and tallied five points during a 12-6 run that restored the White lead to 43-33 after a Jeff Green (Oklahoma City Thunder / Georgetown) long ball at 1:35. With just 1:15 remaining before the halftime buzzer, the action was far from over. A 3-pointer from Durant and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder / UCLA) and an old-fashioned three-point play from Lopez helped USA Blue close with a 9-0 run and cut the deficit to one, 43-42.

The third period was all USA Blue as nine players combined for 30 points while USA White managed just 17. Following a Brewer bucket for the White at 6:14, USA Blue closed the third quarter with another run - this time a 19-5 spurt that left the score 72-60 heading into the final stanza.

Neither team let up in the last 10 minutes, but despite nine fourth-period points from Mayo, Blue maintained its advantage and outscored White 28-21 to capture a 100-81 win.

USA Blue outrebounded White 36-32, shot 51.4 percent (37-72 FGs) compared to White's 43.1 percent form the field (31-72 FGs) and sank 19-of-22 free throws (.864), while White was 11-of-16 from the charity stripe (.688).

Tyrone Corbin (Utah Jazz) and Dave Cowens (Detroit Pistons) coached the USA Blue Team, while Kenny Gattison and Jerry Sichting (Minnesota Timberwolves) led the USA White Team.

Related Content

2017 USA Women's U16 National Team

Tags

  • Date:
    Feb 6, 2018

Buenos Aires, Argentina - June 7-11, 2017 The 2017 USA Women’s U16 National Team recaptured the gold medal and earned a perfect 5-0 record from June 7-11 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The victorious campaign followed the USA U16 women’s first and only loss in the 2015 semifinals. 2017 USA...

USAB placeholder Image

Tags

  A Shaqquan Aaron 2011 Taft H.S. (CA) Cliff Alexander 2013 Curie H.S. (IL) Larry Austin 2013, 2012 Lanphier H.S. (IL) B Brett Brady 2012 Highlands Ranch H.S. (CO) C Dominique Collier 2013 Denver East H.S. (CO) Zach Collins 2015 Bishop Gorman H.S. (NV) F Jalek Felton 2015 Mullins H.S. (SC)...

2017 USA 3x3 World Cup Team

Tags

Nantes, France • June 17-21, 2017 Featuring collegiate alumni Zahir Carrington (Lehigh), Damon Huffman (Brown), Daniel Mavraides (Princeton) and Craig Moore (Northwestern), the 2017 USA Basketball Men’s 3x3 World Cup Team returned from Nantes, France with a 3-2 record and in seventh...

USAB placeholder Image

Tags

FIBA Americas U16 Championship for Women -- Summary Of Finishes   GOLD    SILVER    BRONZE  United States 4 0 1 Canada 1 3 1 Brazil 0 2 1 Argentina 0 0 2 FIBA Americas U16 Championship for Women -- Year-By-Year Final Standings  2009   2011 ...

2017 AmeriCup Team

Tags

Montevideo, Uruguay and Córdoba, Argentina • August 25-September 3, 2017 It had been 10 years since the United States last competed in its zone championship. While the format of the competition was different and the official name of the Americas Championship had been altered to the FIBA...

Coach Licensing & Organization Accreditation Login



Forgot Password?