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Team USA Survives Australia 98-88 (4th closest Team USA games in the last decade)

Carmelo Anthony

Team USA passes first tough test, beats Australia 98-88 in Olympic hoops. Aussies were very impressive.

Carmelo Anthony leads Team USA with 9 three-pointers and 31 points. Kyrie Irving scored 19 points and Kevin Durant has 14 points, shooting 4/16 from the field.

It was a very tough game for the USA, but Carmelo "Captain" Anthony stepped up and with 31 points, Anthony passed LeBron James (273 points).

Carmelo Anthony

I love the effort and discipline from the Australians. They gave the USA everything they could handle, and they survived this game because of Carmelo Anthony.

Australia is moving that ball in a 40-minute game: 29 assists vs. FRA. 25 assists vs. SER 23 assists vs. USA.

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Dellavedova has 11 points, 11 assists and 6 rebounds, but Mills was a great tonight with 31 points and 5 three-pointers.

Bogut played great tonight, like a leader, with 15 points and Andersen scored 13 points against the USA.

In the next few years, we can expect Dante Exum, Ben Simmons and Thon Maker to play with Australia national team. The Boomers will have one of the strongest team after the USA, of course.

It is a warning for Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, and Kyrie Irving. Australia played a very good defense, and we didn't see anything special from Paul George, DeMarcus Cousins, DeAndre Jordan and Klay Thompson.

So far, Australia is the best team after the USA, but we are only two games from the knockout, and we have many teams like Spain, Serbia, France and Argentina, who could play very hard against the USA. Don't forget Lithuania and Croatia, also.

Team USA didn't lose 10 years, after Greece defeated them in the FIBA World Cup, 101-95.

This was the 4th closest Team USA games in the last decade. They beat Spain 107-100 (2012, Olympics), 99-94 Lithuania (2012, Olympics), and Brazil 70-68 (2010, World Cup).

What do you think, who can beat the USA this summer?