A video that highlights the game between USA and Russia in Macao, China. USA beat Russia 89 to 68 in an exhibition game in Macao, China on Sunday, August 3, 2008.
This was clearly the United States' least impressive display during its exhibition slate leading up to the Olympics. Team USA was held to just 17 points in the second quarter. The Americans saw their lead cut to single digits midway through the third period. LeBron James fouled out in the final period.
And the U.S. still cruised to an 89-68 victory over Russia.
Kobe Bryant scored 12 of his 19 points in the decisive third quarter for the Americans, who improved to 4-0 on their five-game exhibition slate. But this was not another powerhouse performance by Team USA, which seemed to be bothered a bit by some wrinkles from the Russians.
In the second quarter, Russia went to a matchup zone defense that stalled Team USA's halfcourt offense. The 17 points the Americans managed were eight fewer than they had in any previous quarter. In the third period, the Russians effectively used a motion offense to create some backdoor opportunities and cut the deficit to eight points on two occasions before Bryant took charge.
The U.S. had averaged 118 points and shot 66 percent through its first three friendly contests but shot 56 percent in this contest.
"On offense we seemed a little bit out of sync," U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski said.
Carmelo Anthony scored 17 points and Dwyane Wade added 16 for Team USA,
The 2008 U.S. Olympic team consists of Carmelo Anthony, Carlos Boozer, Chris Bosh, Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Jason Kidd, Chris Paul, Tayshaun Prince, Michael Redd, Dwayne Wade, and Deron Williams.
The 2008 U.S. Olympic coaching staff consists of Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Boeheim, Mike D'Antoni, and Nate McMillan.
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