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Turns out he was right.
Carmelo Anthony and Kyrie Irving scored 26 of 28 fourth quarter points for their side, OregonLive.com reports.
"The first two games we played, we were significantly better than those teams and this is the real world now". Australia, on the other hand, filled it up at a 68 percent clip.
Below is a look at the remaining schedule for men's basketball group play, along with start times and TV channels. They play so well together. They played three really tough opponents, us being the third one.
"We beat a heck of a team tonight", Krzyzewski said. That's the first real, real worldwide game that we've played. It was good for us to see where we are and we needed it.
Anthony saved his team in a 98-88 victory over Australia and its "Boomers" lineup of National Basketball Association players Patty Mills, Matthew Dellavedova and Andrew Bogut by scoring 31 points, including nine three-pointers.
Moving on: The U.S. women's field hockey team advanced to the quarterfinals by defeating Japan 6-1.
"He takes a lot of pride, first and foremost, in playing for the USA", Australian guard Patty Mills said.
Literally all their shots dropped in the first half, but they were patient and moved the ball unselfishly and perfectly executed their sets.
Turning Point: The USA returned to the floor for the second half and went on a 9-0 run that put them in front.
USA coach Mike Krzyzewski was emotional, confronting Greek referee Christos Christodoulou over a foul call at one stage in the crucial third quarter. "He's a quality player".
As the two teams entered halftime, Australia led the United States 54-49.
Alba Torrens scored 32 points to lead Spain to an 89-68 win over China on Wednesday as the Spaniards improved their position in women's basketball group play behind the undefeated US and Canada. Anthony has had so many big games for Team USA over the years, and you can definitely add this one to the list.
"We were trying to do it on our own in the first half, taking tough shots, ones we can make, but we were taking tough ones and they were beating us into taking tough ones". "Their offense was ahead of our defense".
It was noted that Team USA was too complacent early in the game before finally nabbing the victory.
In the second quarter, the Aussies were even better.
Fox Sports reported that Australia lost 88-98 to Team USA. The Americans have never done that in the Olympics and are on pace to break the 102.4 points a game the 1996 team averaged en route to the gold medal.
Combined with the glass, the U.S. score 23 points off 16 Australian turnovers. "We're focused. We're locked in on that".