Bilbao, Spain • Anthony Davis scored 21 points, Kenneth Faried had 15 and a U.S. remained dominant during a Basketball World Cup by violence winless New Zealand 98-71 on Tuesday.
James Harden combined 13 points for a Americans, who will play dual some-more games here before relocating on to Barcelona for a turn of 16. They face a Dominican Republic on Wednesday before jacket adult Group C play on Thursday opposite Ukraine.
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Two nights after carrying to convene from a halftime necessity and lift divided in a fourth entertain for a 98-77 feat over Turkey, a U.S. led this one handle to wire. The diversion was tighten usually for a small some-more than a quarter.
BJ Anthony scored 11 points for New Zealand, that fell to 0-3.
The Americans paused late in warmups to mount and face a Tall Blacks, who achieved a haka, their normal fight dance challenge. Fans enjoyed it, afterwards were mostly still via a initial half as a bigger U.S. group imposed a will, not wanting a kind of prominence plays fans design of a NBA stars.
But there was no necessity of appetite from Faried, a Denver Nuggets brazen who seems vigilant on lifting his form as a mostly ignored actor in a league.
The Manimal came into a diversion sharpened 14 of 17 in a contest and afterwards done all 5 shots in a initial half while also grabbing 6 rebounds.
He was only as active on defense, removing called for a third-quarter goaltend on a shot he blocked with such force that it landed behind a New Zealand bench.
Stephen Curry finished with 12 points for a U.S., removing his shot to tumble after going only 4 of 17 by a initial dual games.
It was 27-20 after one and a Americans were forward by 9 in a second before a 12-0 run, featuring 7 points from Irving, done it 50-29 on Faried’s follow shot with 4:14 left. The Americans got into transition during that flurry, though were mostly calm in a initial half to bruise it inside, holding advantage of Davis and Faried’s flesh in a middle.
Harden had a integrate of baskets early in a third entertain — he and Davis both throwing down considerable dunks — and a Americans kept building a lead en track to their 57th true victory.