BOTH TEAMS coaches, USA’s Mike Krzyzewski and Spain’s Sergio Scariolo played their cards well using 10 man rotation of players on the USA Dream Team side, Demarcus Cousins fouled out of the game with 31.5 seconds left in the 3rd quarter. An improved spacing inside the paint ended the Spain’s dominance of the interior, and the USA using time outs strategically to ensure the superstars are on the track of the Mission Rio-Gold demolished Spain with a final score of 82 -76 after an intense and closed calls ensuing the final period.
USA outrebounded Spain, 53 -41 with De Andre Jordan grabbing a game high 16 caroms and blocked most of the important shots attempted by the spanish players at 6 – 1. Pau Gasol silently led his team with 23 points and 8 rebounds while Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson scored a total of 22 on 50% field goal shooting with 12 points coming from the three point territory in his 35.11 minutes playing time. And with their sight set on the looming rematch with the Australian Boomers, Draymond Green were used sparingly and Harrison Barnes and Demar De Rozan were kept on the bench to enter the Gold game with the freshest legs.
Spain could have a chance to cut the lead to 7 coming from a dunk by Nikola Mirotic but Sergio Rodriguez layup ended in an offensive foul after he made a contact with De Andre Jordan in the face sending Jordan to the bench and saw their chance to bubble bursts after Kevin Durant scores on layup to 11 points, 80 -69 with 1:43 left in the final canto. USA held on to their defensive prowess keeping the spaniards door to the finals finally closed as actually seen by the 10,455 spectators inside the Carioca Arena 1 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. USA will play the winner between Australia and Serbia with a scheduled tip off at 6:00 am.
In any sport or game, the team that shows the better desire, discipline and defense strategies ended up glorious and victorious – Paquito