Written by: Brad Botkin & Jack Maloney, CBS Sports
The U.S. men’s basketball team started its Olympic exhibition slate on Saturday, and it didn’t go well. In one of the most stunning international upsets in history, Nigeria defeated Team USA 90-87 in Las Vegas. This was Team USA’s first ever loss to an African nation. Team USA is now 54-3 in exhibition games since 1992.
Kevin Durant led Team USA with 17 points, but couldn’t find his shot and went just 4-of-13 from the field. Meanwhile, Jayson Tatum went for 15 points and seven rebounds, and Damian Lillard added 14 points and four assists. Overall, Team USA had a poor shooting night, going 26-of-63, just 41% on the night.
Trailing by three points in the closing seconds, they had a chance to tie the game, but couldn’t execute the play that was drawn up during their timeout. It took far too long to develop, and Nigeria eventually fouled to prevent the Americans from even getting up a 3-point attempt.
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