Team USA Torches Czech Republic With Dominant Performance By Kevin Durant, Advances To Quarterfinals

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Team USA has finally gotten their mojo back.

Since their disappointing loss to France on July 25, Coach Gregg Popovich and the American men’s basketball team now have back-to-back blowouts under their belt.

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In a masterclass performance, Kevin Durant dropped 23 points, 6 assists, 8 rebounds and 1 block on the Olympic stage in the game against the Czech Republic. Jayson Tatum also put on a shooting clinic, tacking on 27 points on 10-for-16 shooting. Though close after the first half, Team USA went on to blow out the Czech team 119-84.

“I’ve had a lot asked of me every team I’ve been on since I was eight years old. It’s no different here,” Durant said. “But I feel I have to available to do every single thing out on the court…I’ve worked to be at that point and it’s fun.”

Durant also became Team USA’s all-time leading scorer, passing Carmelo Anthony with a total of 354 points. The record will stand much higher after next week’s game.

Newly anointed NBA champion Jrue Holiday pulled out all stops on the defensive end, tallying 3 steals and 11 points.

Though the Czech team only trailed by 4 after a close first half, the American talent came out in the second half guns blazing, battering the Eastern European country in the second half 72-41.

The victory advances the team to the quarterfinals where they face the loser between Spain and Luka Doncic-led Slovenia. That match will take place sometime on August 3.

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