The USA Men’s National Team got 22 points from Kevin Durant and 14 from teammate Kevin Love as they cruised to a dominating 98-71 victory over Tony Parker and France in their first official game of Olympic competition Sunday afternoon from beautiful London, England.
Durant would add a game-high nine rebounds and two blocks to his impressive stat line Sunday while knocking down 6-of-13 shots from the field overall and 3-of-5 attempts from long range in 28 minutes of ultra-productive action.
France was led by Ali Traore‘s 12 points while Parker added 10 to only one assist and four turnovers in a losing effort.
Team USA’s stifling defense forced the French National Team into 18 total turnovers and 39.4% shooting from the floor on the night.
With sufficient NBA talent on both sides, the two international powerhouses battled to a near stand-still in the first period of play with the US entering the second quarter up 22-21.
However, behind the sharp shooting of LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and fellow Olympian Chris Paul from behind the arc, Team USA went on a quick 11-0 run in the first two-plus minutes of the period to lead 33-21 with 7:50 left in the first half.
The Americans would enter the second half up 52-36 thanks to 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting from behind the three-point line after going 0-of-6 from three-point territory to start the game.
Unfortunately for France Team USA’s sharp shooting only opened up their transition game which peaked in the third period en route to a 20-point lead at the 8:50 mark behind another barrage of threes on the break via Durant and Bryant.
They would push that comfortable cushion to 27 points entering the final period of play at 78-51 combining deft perimeter shooting with dominance on the offensive glass.
France could never fully recover as Team USA wrapped up a commanding 27-point victory in their first 2012 London Olympics contest with their next opponent, Tunisia, set for a 10:15 p.m. Tuesday night tip-off from Olympic Park in London.
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