NEW YORK — Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant scored 14 points, while his NBA teammate Jeff Green didn’t play at all, and the United States sprinted past China 98-51 in a scrimmage Saturday at Madison Square Garden.
Danny Granger led Team USA with 22 points, while Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook saw action off the bench.
The Los Angeles Clippers’ Eric Gordon strengthened his case for a spot on the team by scoring 15 points. Gordon, who has been considered on the bubble to make the final roster, made three of the Americans’ 11 3-pointers.
Gordon has played well in U.S. game action and supplies some of the outside shooting a perimeter-oriented team needs. He scored 16 points in the intrasquad scrimmage last month in Las Vegas.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski likely did show who two of his cuts will be, not using Green or JaVale McGee.
When asked by Fanhouse.com after the game about his status, Green said, "Ask coach. I'm not the guy to answer that question."
If McGee is cut, it would leave Tyson Chandler as the only true center on the U.S. team.
The Americans were credited with a 32-4 advantage in fast-break points.
“We're the fastest team, I think, in the world, so we've got to use that to our advantage,” Philadelphia's Andre Iguodala said.
The Americans believe they can overcome a lack of size with their speed and shooting.
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