For years, many people have said, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” When discussing, Team USA’s recent performances in international play, the statement rings true as well.
On July 12, Team USA fell to Australia by a score of 91-83 in a men’s basketball exhibition game at the MICHELOB Ultra Arena in Las Vegas. Days later, Team USA fell to Australia in a women’s basketball exhibition game by a score of 70-67 in Las Vegas. Nearly a month later, those outcomes feel like distant memories.
On Wednesday, Team USA took down Australia in a 24-point beatdown en route to the Olympic women’s basketball final. Tonight, Team USA has matched the women’s national team by beating Australia with a score of 97-78.
The score may not be indicative of the game that took place. Team USA was down by more than 10 points for much of the first half. However, a 32-10 run in the third quarter broke the game open and turned the tables in favor of Team USA.
Kevin Durant finished with 23 points and nine rebounds while Devin Booker also poured in 20 points of his own.
Team USA will take on the winner of the France-Slovenia semifinal on Friday at 10:30 p.m. ET. America is seeking its fourth straight gold medal in men’s basketball.
Playing for gold!#USABMNT will go for the four-peat. #TokyoOlympics pic.twitter.com/PXOnTYbarG
— Team USA (@TeamUSA) August 5, 2021