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 filter reset Share
Kenneth Faried

USA Men’s National Team Caps Exhibition Slate With 101-71 Win Over Slovenia

  • Date:
    Aug 26, 2014

Gran Canaria, Spain

Box Score

Additional Quotes

• VIDEO: Anthony Davis Highlights

• VIDEO: Coach K Post-Game

• VIDEO: Phantom Cam

Photo Gallery

The final exhibition game for the 2014 USA Basketball Men’s National Team (4-0), which was a 101-71 win over Slovenia on Tuesday night in front of a sold-out crowd at Gran Canaria Arena in Gran Canaria, Spain, also was the team’s first as a 12-member unit, and the USA’s depth was on full display as 11 U.S. players scored, including six in double figures.

“Yes, it's a game of adjustments,” said USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski (Duke University) on whether he was satisfied with the USA’s game. “We just got here (Sunday), and we played against a very good team in front of a great crowd. I thought overall our effort was good, we can do things better, but overall it was good.”

Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans) led the way with 18 points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots in 18:34 of action; while Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets) added 14 points and eight boards; Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers) finished with 13 points; Rudy Gay (Sacramento Kings) and Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls) tallied 11 points apiece; and Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) added 10 points.

Playing on his 25th birthday, James Harden (Houston Rockets) added nine points and a game-high four assists.

“We're definitely clicking at the right time,” said Davis. “We make sure that we talk on defense, we make sure that we always communicate no matter what it is. It could be a little thing as far as making a pass, we just want to make whatever we do, we do it together because we know its going to be tough.”

Nearly leading from start to finish, U.S. drew 32 fouls from Slovenia and won the rebounding battle 50-37, while its defense forced 21 turnovers.

 “We're still very versatile with what we can throw out on the floor,” Curry said. “Having six bigs that can rotate at the four and the five gives us that presence. We're very deep, so we still have the opportunities to go small and play fast. But the way those guys can defend the paint, rebound, block shots and then turn that to easy offense by the way they run the floor, it's pretty hard to score on us and defend on the other end. Definitely a good look, we still got some jelling to do.”

In the first few minutes, the USA led 10-7 before putting together an 8-2 run to take a 18-9 advantage when Gay scored at 3:15. Back-to-back 3 pointers from Slovenia followed by a made free throw, however, cut the U.S. lead to two points 18-16 at 1:35. After a U.S. free throw and a score from Slovenia, Davis closed out the first quarter with five straight points to make it 24-18 at the first break.

That U.S. run extended through the first four minutes of the second quarter as the USA strung together 10 more unanswered points to push its lead to 34-18 at 6:03. The teams traded baskets for the next two minutes before the Americans made four straight free throws to take their largest lead of the first half, 18 points, at 2:17. Slovenia responded by outscoring the USA 10-3, including two 3-pointers to trail 46-35 at the half.

The Slovenia coach was whistled for a technical foul as he headed to the locker room, so the USA started the second half with free throws and possession of the ball. That helped the USA start the quarter with an 8-2 run, and after a score from Slovenia at 8:13 that made it 54-39, a 3-pointer from Curry ignited a 15-0 U.S. run that made the score 69-39 at 4:50 when Davis made a free throw. Overall the USA outscored Slovenia 33-19 in the stanza to put the game out of reach.

“I think at first we were rusty, missed a couple of free throws, but we were able to take control of the game,” Rose said. “Those free throws can easily be fixed so we're not worried about that. We know we just have to play hard and come out here and just play together.”

The only signs of struggle for the U.S. team were at the free throw line, where the USA shot just 63.0 percent (29-46 FTs). There were a few bright spots at the line, however, as Davis shot 8-of-11, Irving was 7-of-8 and Curry made both of his attempts.

Zoran Dragič led Slovenia with 16 points.

Rounding out Krzyzewski’s USA National Team staff as assistant coaches are Syracuse University and Naismith Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim, Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau and New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams

The U.S. squad, which was named as the 2014 USA World Cup Team on Aug. 23, will travel on Aug. 27 to Bilbao, Spain, where it will conduct its last two training sessions before opening FIBA World Cup preliminary-round play. The USA debuts in the 2014 World Cup on Aug. 30 against Finland at 3:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN.

Since the first FIBA World Championship was held in 1950, the USA has won 11 medals – four gold medals, three silver medals and four bronze medals – while compiling an all time 114-27 win-loss record. Led By Krzyzewski, the Americans are defending World Champions having claim gold in Istanbul with a 9-0 record.

STATISTICAL NOTES:  During its four exhibition games, which the USA won by an average of 29.0 points a game, the USA defense limited its opponents to 41.7 percent shooting from the field overall, and just 33.3 percent from 3-point…The U.S. shot 42 more fee throws than opponents, and made 34 more from the charity stripe…The Americans out rebounded their foes by 39 rebounds, 9.8 per game.  

***** 

For more behind-the-scenes video, photos and content, be sure to follow USA Basketball on every social media platform! 

Twitter - https://twitter.com/usabasketball

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/usabasketball

Instagram - http://instagram.com/usabasketball

Vine - https://vine.co/u/962865913139515392

YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/user/therealusabasketball

 

Related Videos

On Sept. 25 at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, Vince Carter slammed what likely was the most famous dunk of his career.

Twenty years after the 1992 USA Basketball Dream Team made its indelible impact on international basketball at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, USA Basketball’s 2012 Men’s National Team, wearing 1992 USA Basketball throwback jerseys, returned to the hardwood in Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona, Spain and battled to a hard-fought 86-80 win over Argentina.

USA co-captain Allen Iverson had never hit a game winning shot in his illustrious playing career until he did so on Aug. 4, 2004. With time about to run out, he dribbled across mid-court and launched a game-winning 40-foot 3-pointer to lift the USA National Team to an 80-77 victory over Germany in front of a sold-out Kolnarena crowd numbering 18,000. The Iverson answer was a fitting end to a game that was tight the entire way and one in which NBA All-Star Dirk Nowitzki almost single-handedly kept his country within striking distance. Nowitzki finished the night with a game-best 32 points on 13-for-23 shooting overall, while adding 12 rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots.

The USA National Team handed the USA Select Team a 111-74 loss in an action filled contest at the University of Hawaii Stan Sheriff Center in front of 8,980 fans. Leading by only 10 points at the half after the select team's Jason Richardson poured in 19 first half points, the USA National Team behind a game high 24 points (10-10 FGs) from Vince Carter dominated the second half with its high-octane running game and posted a 111-74 victory.

The U.S. 22-and-under team, made up of college all-stars and coached by
Stanford's Mike Montgomery, led by 17 points at the half and nearly upset
the Men's Olympic Dream Team in the first exhibition game before the
Summer Games in Atlanta. 22-and-under team featured Paul Pierce,
Chauncey Billups, Tim Duncan.

Related Content

The Los Angeles Lakers claimed the 2020 NBA Championship and did so with a roster filled with players possessing USA Basketball experience.

Four-time gold medalist Charles Barkley tallied a 37-2 record during a USA Basketball career that spanned 14 years.

Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski’s USA Basketball career has spanned 38 years and included 12 gold medals.

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...

On Sept. 25 at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, Vince Carter slammed what likely was the most famous dunk of his career.

Coach Licensing & Organization Accreditation Login



Forgot Password?