After trading baskets with Australia for most of the first half, the United States took control of their early Thursday morning contest from beyond the arc. In a first half where they shot 6 for 18 from downtown, Team USA hit 5 of their 6 attempted shots from long range and it elevated them to a 102-86 victory against Australia.
Boston Celtics’ guard Kemba Walker led the Americans with 23 points and 6 rebounds and team USA had 6 players finish in double-figures in scoring. Indiana Pacers bigman Miles Turner added 15 points and 14 points to give a 54-36 edge in rebounding.
San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills and NBL Guard Chris Goulding each scored 19 points for Australia. The record crowd of 51,218 saw their home country, not be able to maintain the momentum that gave them an early lead in the third quarter at 45-44.
Walker, Turner, Kyle Kuzma, Donovan Mitchell and Jayson Tatum all hit three pointers as the Americans took a 76-61 lead at the end of the quarter.
The two teams will play again on Melbourne on Saturday (Friday in the United States).