Team USA Dominates Greece, Ingram Scores 5 in 17 Minutes

As expected, Team USA made quick work of the Greek national team with a 109-81 victory on Monday.

With the win, the United States improved to 2-0 at the FIBA World Cup and clinched a spot in the second round. Team USA will play Jordan on Wednesday to close out pool play.

For the second straight game, the Americans were led in scoring by a reserve. This time, it was Austin Reaves pulling the trick with 15 points on 4-of-7 shooting. Reaves also added six assists, five rebounds, and two steals.

Jalen Brunson and Anthony Edwards scored 13 points each to lead the starters, while Bobby Portis came off the bench to add 10 more. Each player on the roster scored at least one basket, with every member of Team USA scoring four points or more.

Former New Orleans Pelicans fan favorite Josh Hart stuffed the stat sheet with six points, five assists, and a game-high 11 rebounds.

Brandon Ingram improved his scoring output slightly, posting five points in 17 minutes on 2-of-4 shooting from the floor. After two games Ingram is averaging 4.5 points while making 37.5% of his shots (3-8 FGA, 1-3 3PA). He’s also posting 2.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 2.0 turnovers per game.

Team USA was dominant offensively, outshooting the Greeks from the floor (57.4% to 47.1%), from beyond the arc (40.9% to 30.4%), and at the free throw line (+22). The U.S. also outrebounded Greece 40-25 and had assists on 26 of its 35 baskets.

Greece was without the services of two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, leaving his brother Thanasis as the only NBA player of the Greek roster.

America will advance, along with the winner of Greece vs. New Zealand on Wednesday, to join the top two teams from Group D (Lithuania and Montenegro) in the second group phase. The top two teams from those four will advance to the knockout stage.


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