Team USA took on Slovenia in their last exhibition game before the World Cup. Kyrie Irving got the start for Team USA once again. The Slovenia team has one NBA player; Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic on their team. Dragic is joined by his brother Zoran Dragic. This was also the first game with FIBA officials.
The US team protected the rim early and often. Anthony Davis had three blocks in the first quarter. They forced turnovers and got to the free throw line. However they really struggled at the line, starting 2-8. Everyone except Mason Plumlee and Andre Drummond got playing time in the first quarter. Rudy Gay was the first guy off the bench followed by Derrick Rose. At the end of the 1st Anthony Davis had six points; they were 8-15 from the line and were up 24-18.
The game looked to be out of hand as Team USA went on a 16-2 run in the 2nd quarter. They were up 18 points. Instead of blowing the game wide open Team USA started to miss easy shots and gave up three pointers. Zoran Dragic knocked down two 3s and Edo Muric hit another as Slovenia ended the half on a 9-1 run. Kenneth Faried had eight points and five rebounds as Team USA led 46-35.
Team USA only took four 3 pointers in the 1st half and missed all of them. Steph Curry could not get any open looks. He was in foul trouble in the first half. The US came out and played defense in the 3rd quarter. Anthony Davis had a couple of steals and blocks. They finally got Steph an open look and he knocked down the team’s first three point at the eight minute mark.
The ball movement was much better as Team USA extended their lead. Anthony Davis just made plays in the first five minutes of the 3rd. He finished the game with 18 points, 5 blocks and 3 steals. The third quarter seems to be Team USA’s best quarter so far in these exhibition games. They outscored Slovenia 35-19 and went into the fourth up 81-54.
The USA had this game in hand but they still had 14 turnovers and shot 29-46 from the free throw line. Steph Curry fouled out early in the fourth and Klay Thompson could not get in rhythm either. Drummond and Plumlee got into the game and played most of the fourth. They won the game 101-71. They were 4-0 during their exhibition schedule.