By Paul Garcia, Project Spurs.com
Team USA has gotten themselves a lot of attention over the weekend with numerous players predicting that their current team could have defeated the 1992 Dream Team. But for the first quarter of U.S.A.’s 80-69 victory over Brazil, it seemed like they had no right to make such guesses.
The Brazilians came out firing in the first quarter as they held two 10-point leads in the quarter, as Marcelo Huertas (12 assists), former Spur Alex Garcia, and current San Antonio Spurs forward Tiago Splitter held team USA to just seven points early in the game.
Then came a substitution from USA’s bench as Kevin Durant (11 points), Deron Williams, and Russell Westbrook came in, made some defensive plays, and got the game down to four points. But it was Cleveland Cavaliers forward Anderson Varejao, Huertas, and Splitter who were able to build another 10-point lead as they ended the first quarter leading 27-17.
Followed was the second quarter, where team USA turned into a defensive monster.
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