That's not to say the Boomers didn't give it a shake, particularly in the first half when they troubled the US with their stiff defence which delighted the record Australian basketball crowd of 51,218.
Game 2 of this two-game series will take place at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia on Saturday, June 24th at 12:00 a.m. EDT on NBA TV and Twitch.
But it was National Basketball League shooting guard Chris Goulding who impressed most off the bench, leading Australia with 19 points alongside Mills.
"Everyone came out tonight", Mills said.
After Australia briefly took the lead at 45-44 early in the second half, the Americans scored 13 unanswered points, including three straight 3-pointers by Turner, Harrison Barnes and Mitchell, to go up 57-45. Neither is on the team.
Team USA will have two more scrimmages before the FIBA World Cup, another against Australia and one against Canada.Читайте также: Fox News signs Sarah Huckabee Sanders to provide political commentary
While Australia boosts a handful of National Basketball Association stars, including Utah Jazz's Joe Ingle and Patty Mills of the San Antonio Spurs, they suffered a setback on Monday when Jonah Bolden joined his teammate Ben Simmons in pulling out of the World Cup. Obviously, they are not part of the current United States men's national basketball team roster. It encompasses gold-medal runs at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, the Olympics in 2008, 2012 and 2016, and the FIBA Americas tournament in 2007.
The opportunity to play in front of that many fans was not lost on either team, with U.S. head coach Gregg Popovich relishing the bright lights Down Under.
Smart has been limited in training camp due to a calf injury, but his nomination as captain certainly is a tremendous nod to the leadership abilities of the guard.
Even the VIP section was a let down for some, with Australian actor Russell Crowe saying people who chose to watch from home had made a "good decision". Mills gave Popovich, his longtime coach in San Antonio, a massive hug courtside just before the game started.
Jayson Tatum got knocked over by a defender in the third quarter and tumbled backward somewhat awkwardly - the back of his head falling into Walker's knee.
But they boast top young talent and will use the games in Australia to refine their identity.
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