Australia and United States top second round groups at FIBA World Cup


Greece (3-2) needed to win the game in Shenzhen, China, by 12 points or more and then wait and hope that the United States (4-0) defeated Brazil (3-1).

While the game had no bearing on whether or not Lithuania would advance, the team still came to play as it never trailed and led by as many as 23 points in the wire-to-wire 19-point victory over the Dominican Republic.

Of course, when he wants to play small, USA head coach Gregg Popovich is asking a lot of Barnes, who has taken some elbows to the chest and head as he's defended bigger guys in the post.

A team spokesman confirmed to news agency Agence France-Presse that Greece were writing to the sport's governing body FIBA, seeking a ban for the three referees in charge. But for us, we know that defense is how we're going to stay in games, how we're going to be able to win and compete. However, the officials took no action at the time with the French winning 78-75.

Argentina declined in the previous Olympic cycle, exiting the 2014 World Cup in the round of 16 and the Rio Olympics in the quarterfinals (to the US, after losing twice in group play).

Spain has always been a thorn in the Americans' side, and they represent one of the most palpable threats due to their size in the frontcourt and their strong execution.

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Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner led the US with 16 points and eight rebounds, helping the Americans bounce back from a dismal shooting performance against Greece on Saturday. Center Myles Turner was exceptional, scoring 16 points, grabbing eight rebounds and two steals and showing off a touch for bank shots that will serve him well as he continues his career.

Even better, the victory clinches a spot for the the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. So it was impressive they were able to hang even with a less-motivated USA team for most of three quarters.

Brazil: Vitor Benite led Brazil with 21, and well-known National Basketball Association names Anderson Varejao and Leandro Barbosa each had 14. Evan Fournier scored 31 for France.

"It was a good test for us", Team USA and San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said, according to Sports Illustrated. Jaylen Brown (11 points) and Harrison Barnes (10 points) each finished in double figures while Donovan Mitchell dished out a game-high seven assists while committing just one turnover.

At Nanjing, both Group L teams were already eliminated from reaching the quarterfinals. His defensive presence has also helped Team USA spark runs, while his offensive rebounding skills have given the Americans numerous second chances.

Rigoberto Mendoza scored 14 points to lead the Dominican Republic (2-3).