The U.S. Men’s Basketball Team (1-0) started Olympic play Sunday morning against France (0-1). Through the first quarter I believe the highlight of the matchup was Michelle Obama being in attendance. But after their slow first quarter start, the Americans rode a hot streak leading them to a 98-71 victory.
The United States struggled mightily in the first quarter when the French team forced the U.S. to shoot jump shots, resulting in six consecutive misses from beyond the arc.
The first quarter ended with the U.S. only up by one point. However, the second quarter proved to be a different story. The Americans began the beat down, outscoring the France squad by 15 points and giving them a comfortable lead at half.
Kevin Durant was one of three U.S. players to score in double digits. His perfect 7-7 from the free throw line led him to a game-high 22 points. Other than Durant’s 22-point game, the scoring was pretty balanced for the U.S. team. Kevin Love contributed 14 points and Kobe Bryant added 10.
The U.S. sensational defense prevented Tony Parker to effectively run the offense and forced him to four turnovers. Parker finished the game with 10 points and only one assist. As a team, the U.S. forced 18 turnovers. While the French team was only able to dish out 10 assists, the U.S. offense was moving the ball all over the court attributing to their 27 assists.
Although only shooting the ball six times, LeBron James had a big impact on this offense, leading the U.S. with eight assists. James will be the best player in these games and coach Mike Krzyzewski proves that when he makes his first substitutions, taking four starters off the court, and leaving James on the court with the second team.
Krzyzewski hopes their domination can continue when the United States takes the court again Tuesday against the small country of Tunisia, sporting zero NBA players on their roster.