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Team USA pulls away to beat Turkey 98-77

Team USA looked very shaky in the first half against a non-threatening on paper Turkish team when they trailed 35-40 after the first half buzzer. The U.S. team allowed Turkey to go to the free throw line 18 times in the first half. The U.S. finally started to pull away late in the third quarter and put the exclamation point on in the fourth quarter outscoring the Turks 32-17.

Denver forward Kenneth Faried was a monster for the U.S. team the entire game and led the team with 22 points and eight rebounds. Anthony Davis had another big game for the U.S. as he scored 19 points and had six rebounds and James Harden also impressed with 14 points.

Derrick Rose struggled once again as he had just two points and two rebounds in 16 minutes on Sunday. Kyrie Irving got the nod to start over Rose again and he impressed with 13 points, five assists and five rebounds.

Leading Turkey was New Orleans Pelicans center Omer Asik who had eight rebounds and three blocks on the U.S. dominating mostly the first half. Cenk Akyol led Turkey in scoring with 12 points while no one else finished in double digits for the Turks. 

The U.S. walked away with a very impressive first game on Saturday where they beat Finland 114-55. The U.S. wasn’t able to handle Turkey the same way scoring just 35 points in the first half.

The U.S. will play New Zealand on Tuesday as they continue to prepare for the anticipated matchup against the other powerhouse international team, Spain.

Tags: Anthony Davis Basketball Derrick Rose FIBA Kenneth Faried NBA Team USA Turkey

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