BILBAO, Spain (AP) — American players paused from their warmups to mount and face their New Zealand opponents as they achieved a haka, their normal fight dance challenge.
The U.S. response wasn’t scarcely as interesting.
Just bruise a turn inside and outmuscle an overmatched opponent.
Anthony Davis had 21 points and 9 rebounds, Kenneth Faried combined 15 and 11 play and a U.S. remained dominant during a FIBA Basketball World Cup by violence winless New Zealand 98-71 Tuesday.
James Harden scored 13 points for a Americans, who will play dual some-more games in Bilbao 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.
“It was a good, plain performance,” U.S. manager Mike Krzyzewski said. “I suspicion a power was excellent.”
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.
“It was flattering overwhelming removing to play opposite these guys. These are guys that we watch on TV all a time,” maestro New Zealand brazen Casey Frank said. “To be means to get out there on a justice opposite them and have a small bit of success offensively, apparently a outcome didn’t go a way, was flattering awesome.”
The Tall Blacks’ best work was before a diversion with their haka. Krzyzewski pronounced U.S. players were wakeful it would be partial of a pregame and they lined adult to face midcourt as a New Zealand players got into their formation.
“We indeed were going to shake hands with them thereafter since we knew that that was a unequivocally neat thing to do and it’s partial of their tradition, and we admire that,” Krzyzewski said.
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 finished 7 of 9 from a margin and is sharpened 81 percent, Krzyzewski job him a Americans’ “biggest and best surprise.”
“I’m only personification out there,” Faried said. “I’m only carrying fun. I’m only personification my game, carrying fun, enjoying life.”
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. Golden State Warriors backcourt partner Klay Thompson also scored 12 and Kyrie Irving had 10.
It was 27-20 after one entertain 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 dump it inside, holding advantage of Davis and Faried’s flesh in a middle.
Harden pronounced a Americans are happy to float their large men, rather than a new LeBron James-Carmelo Anthony-Kevin Durant squads that done a wing scorers like himself a feature.
“We’ve got 12 guys that can measure a basketball during any given moment,” Harden said, “and tonight and each other night a concentration is defense, and whoever scores a basketball, it’s USA points.”
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.
Derrick Rose started for Irving in a second half, Krzyzewski observant he wanted to get a former NBA MVP some-more mins with a starters as he earnings from scarcely dual seasons out with knee operations. Rose shot only 1 of 6, though Krzyzewski praised his performance.
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