Put must win in front of a game and Team USA will get it done. Kevin Durant led Team USA to a 119-84 win over the Czech Republic in an early Saturday morning tip stateside.
The win for the Americans placed the team into the quarterfinals round that will begin on Tuesday. This was Team USA’s second blowout in as many games.
During the game, Durant netted 23 points on an efficient 8-11 shooting.
“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 to ESPN. “But I feel I have to be available to do every single thing out on the court…I’ve worked to be at that point and it’s fun.”
Durant received a giant lift from Jason Tatum who added 27 points, including 5 3’s.
“It felt good to just see some shots go in,” Tatum said. “We’re playing better each and every game, and that’s what we expected, to be better than we were last game throughout this tournament.”
America will now head into the quarterfinals as the No. 4 seed and will play either Italy or the loser of the Sunday match-up between Spain and Slovenia. Slovenia is led by global sensation Luka Doncic, while Spain brings a trio of NBA stars in Ricky Rubio, Pau Gasol, and Marc Gasol.
In Doncic’s Olympic debut he dropped 48 points, showing that his team will not be an easy road to conquer.