In a shaky start for Team USA against Brazil in their first exhibition preparation game for the FIBA World Cup, Anthony Davis was the star as the U.S. was able to pull away in the fourth quarter thanks to some high energy plays. Davis led the U.S. with 20 points, eight rebounds and five blocks.
After Team USA led the Brazilians 29-15 after the first quarter off of 67 percent shooting, Brazil worked their way back to a two-point game at 35-33. Chicago native, Derrick Rose helped the U.S. to a 45-37 lead at halftime after he ran full court for a shot off the glass.
Team USA fights to replace Paul George who broke his leg in a scrimmage earlier this month and Kevin Durant who decided he was not going to play last week. Anthony Davis is taking over as the leader for Team USA. He led the team in scoring and produced high energy plays like his dive into the front row followed by an alley oop dunk.
James Harden scored 18 points and Derrick Rose finished with seven in his return to Chicago.
Demarcus Cousins sat with a knee injury and DeMar DeRozan, Andre Drummond and Gordon Hayward all did not play in Saturday’s exhibition.
The U.S. will take on Finland in the first round of the FIBA World Cup Aug. 30.