LAS VEGAS – The United States basketball team had the contribution of 19 points from point guard Damian Lillard, leader of the balanced attack, which allowed them to beat Spain 83-76 on Sunday, in the last game of preparation for both teams on their way to Tokyo 2020.
The United States, which had suffered consecutive defeats against Nigeria and Australia, confirmed that they have already found chemistry as a team and although they are still missing the incorporations of point guard Jrue Holiday, forward Khris Middleton, and Hispanic guard Kevin Booker, who play the Finals of the NBA, achieved a good victory against the current world champion, who was superior in the first half.
But in the end, the best attack in the United States was imposed thanks to the contribution of Lillard, but especially to the inspiration of the latest acquisition to the team, the young forward Keldon Johnson, who contributed 15 points, 10 in the second half that would be decisive .
While forward Kevin Durant finished with 14 points and guard Zach LeVine, who started, reached 13, including three triples in the second half that were devastating for the Spanish team.
While point guard Ricky Rubio was the great figure of Spain and of the game, scoring 23 points, but only 1 of 5 3-point attempts, in addition to capturing three rebounds.
Two other players, the pivots Willy Hernangómez, who came out of reserve, and the veteran Marc Gasol, who started, contributed 11 and 10 points, respectively, to be together with Rubio the only ones who finished with double-digit numbers.