Team USA 97 vs 78 Australia 2021 Tokyo Olympics summary, stats, highlights

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The United States men’s basketball team is on to the gold medal match after a comeback win over Australia Thursday afternoon. Kevin Durant was stellar for a second straight game, leading his team to a 97-78 win.

Aussies back to back wins vs. USA before semis

Australia came into Thursday’s game having won the previous two contests against the Americans. They beat KD and company in an exhibition just days before the Olympics started. They also beat the US in the FIBA World Championship in 2019

It was a slow start for both teams, especially the Americans out of the gate. Team USA started sluggish and seemingly uninterested in defending from time to time. Patty Mills and Joe Inlges set the tone the Aussies. Mills’ speed really affected the defending champions, and Ingles opened up the defense with this hot shooting start.

Slow start for Team USA

USA looked out of sorts, having trouble holding on to the ball and hitting shots from downtown in the first 15 minutes. Coach Popovic’s men went 0-8 from three point range and committed eight turnovers in the first fifteen minutes.

The Aussies were clicking on the offensive end, and at one point led as many as 15 points in the second quarter, but Kevin Durant kept his side in the game while the rest of the team was going through a bit of a drought.

Booker came alive and so did Team USA

There was a 20-6 USA run from the end of the second quarter to the beginning of the third that saw the Americans go to halftime down only three and they took the lead in the opening minutes of the third. The US would carry that lead to the finish line, using a 15-2 run to end the third quarter to put the game on ice. Australia looked out of gas in the fourth and USA stretched the lead out to as many as 23 in the fourth quarter.

Durant was brilliant especially when he had to be in the first half, He ended with 23 points, but it was Devin Booker who came alive in the second half. Booker scored 20 points. Patty Mills was the top scorer for the Aussies, with 15 points while Dante Exum scored 14 but it wasn’t enough to make a comeback.

Now Team USA will have to wait until this afternoon (in Tokyo) to see if they will play France or Slovenia in the Final

 

After a bumpy beginning, Team USA is right where they planned on being, in the gold medal match. They will play the winner of the France Slovenia later on today

KD is catching fire at the right time of the tournament

Team USA will go for a fourth straight gold medal after defeating Australia in the semifinals

The United States men’s basketball team is on to the gold medal match after a comeback win over Australia Thursday afternoon. Kevin Durant was stellar for a second straight game, leading his team to a 97-78 win.

Aussies back to back wins vs. USA before semis

Australia came into Thursday’s game having won the previous two contests against the Americans. They beat KD and company in an exhibition just days before the Olympics started. They also beat the US in the FIBA World Championship in 2019

It was a slow start for both teams, especially the Americans out of the gate. Team USA started sluggish and seemingly uninterested in defending from time to time. Patty Mills and Joe Inlges set the tone the Aussies. Mills’ speed really affected the defending champions, and Ingles opened up the defense with this hot shooting start.

Slow start for Team USA

USA looked out of sorts, having trouble holding on to the ball and hitting shots from downtown in the first 15 minutes. Coach Popovic’s men went 0-8 from three point range and committed eight turnovers in the first fifteen minutes.

The Aussies were clicking on the offensive end, and at one point led as many as 15 points in the second quarter, but Kevin Durant kept his side in the game while the rest of the team was going through a bit of a drought.

Booker came alive and so did Team USA

There was a 20-6 USA run from the end of the second quarter to the beginning of the third that saw the Americans go to halftime down only three and they took the lead in the opening minutes of the third. The US would carry that lead to the finish line, using a 15-2 run to end the third quarter to put the game on ice. Australia looked out of gas in the fourth and USA stretched the lead out to as many as 23 in the fourth quarter.

Durant was brilliant especially when he had to be in the first half, He ended with 23 points, but it was Devin Booker who came alive in the second half. Booker scored 20 points. Patty Mills was the top scorer for the Aussies, with 15 points while Dante Exum scored 14 but it wasn’t enough to make a comeback.

Now Team USA will have to wait until this afternoon (in Tokyo) to see if they will play France or Slovenia in the Final

 

97-78

It's all over from Tokyo! Team USA is on their way to the gold medal game

97-78

McGee with a cut down the lane and finises with a big jam

95-78

Reath to the line hits one of two.

95-77

McGee underneath the bucket gets the flush

93-77

Sobey to the line, hits two of two.

93-75

Sobey for three from the top of the key

93-72

Sobey to the line hits two of two

93-70

Lavine on the slam off the feed from Holiday

93-70

Corner three for Lavine

88-70

Timeout Australia with 3:06 to go in the fourth

88-70

Reath off the bench gets a mid range jumper off the glass to go

88-68

Middleton with the put back off the offensive rebounds

86-68

Mills with a three ball. USA wants a TO with 5:20 to go.

86-65

Mills gets a lay up to go

86-63

Booker for a deep off the feed from Middleton

84-63

Ingles lays it in off the drive on the left side.

84-61

Tatum wide open in the corner and he drains the three

81-61

Landale gets the dunk down low

81-59

Middleton in the face of Landale from three point range

78-59

Lavine on the steal and slam

76-59

Exum hits two of two at the line

76-57

Green to the line knocks down two of two.

74-57

Delavadova hits two FTs

74-55

Booker on the pull up with a deep two to end the quarter

72-55

Lavine with the steal and the slam

70-55

Tatum in the corner for three

67-55

Middleton fading away from outside the lane

65-55

Landale on the baby hook in the lane.

65-53

Booker on the floater from the right side, gets the bucket and the foul. FT is good for Booker

62-53

Booker punches back with a three ball

59-53

Kay in the corner for three

59-50

Timeout Australia with 4:34 to go in the third quarter

59-50

Booker strings a three

56-50

Three bal for Mills

56-47

Holiday stops and pops and gets the roll of the rim

54-47

Landale with a lay up down low, and finally Australia is on the board in the third quarter

54-45

KD splashes a three from the top of the key.

51-45

KD again, this time form the left side of the lane.

49-45

Durant from mid range off the dribble, gets the bucket and the foul. FT is good to complete the three point play

46-45

Holiday down the lane connects on the floater

44-45

Holiday on the hesitation and drive finishes off the glass

42-45

We are back in play from Tokyo. 20 minutes to decide who is going to the gold medal match.

Team USA is shooting just 2-13 from three and they have commited 11 turnovers. All things considered they will feel lucky to only be down by 3

Durant leads all scorers with 15 first half points, Booker has 7. Dante Exum already has 10 points for Australia, but went to the bench holding his hip. We will keep you updated.

42-45

We are at the Halftime break from Tokyo with the Aussies up by three. They led by as many as 15.

42-45

Holiday muscles his way to the rim and hits the shot from underneath

40-45

KD pulls up from the baseline

38-45

1:30 to go in the second quarter

38-45

Tatum pulls up from three point range

35-45

Adebayo fouled by Exum, goes to the line and gets one of two to go

34-45

Thybulle hits one of two from the FT line

34-44

Booker left alone in the corner

31-44

MIlls drains the three with two hands in his face

31-41

Holiday to the line, hits one of two

30-41

Unsportsmanlike foul on Thybulle, Booker to the line and hits two of two, and US will keep posession.

28-41

Durant from the baseline with the runner

26-41

Landale on the alley oop off the Exum lob. Timeout USA with 5:23 to go in the first half

26-39

Thybulle beating everyone down the court gets the lay up and the foul. FT is good to complete the three point play.

26-36

3 ball for Exum who is starting to warm up.

26-36

3 ball for Exum who is starting to warm up.

26-33

KD on the runner, gets the bucket the foul and the FT

23-33

Exum on the strong drive, lays it up off the glass

23-31

LIllard to the line, after there was technical called before the TO.

22-31

Timeout Australia with 7:28 to go in the fourth quarter

22-31

Kay on the turnaround jump hook off the glass

22-29

Lillard off the dribble fades away from the left side

20-29

Goulding fouled by Middleton behind the line, goes to the line and hits two of three

20-27

Goulding strings a three bal

20-24

Middleton spots up from mid range and gets the first bucket of the second quarter

18-24

Goulding with a three ball right before the buzzer. Australia lead by six at the end of the first quarter.

18-21

Lillard drives down main street and gets the finger roll to go

16-21

Ingles at the line, hits one of two

16-20

Durant again, he's feeling it unfortunatley for the US he's the only one

14-20

Holiday uncontested jumper on the baseline

12-20

Thybulle off the dump off gets the lay up to go

12-18

KD hits another pull up

10-18

Kay slams home a dunk off the back door cut

10-18

KD finds himself with a wide open lay up

8-16

Mills gets the finger roll to go after a drive down the lane

8-14

Exum with a three ball

8-11

Durant with the pull up from the FT line

6-11

Mills to the line out of the TO and hits both

6-9

Mills fouled by Green, he will go to the FT line after the US timeout with 5:07 to go in the first quarter

6-9

Exum fouled by Durant on the dunk attempt, goes to the line and hits both.

6-7

Landale to the line and hits one of two.

6-6

Adebayo goes to the line after an Ingles foul, both FTs are good.

4-6

Booker slashes to the basket and finishes off the glass

2-6

Ingles with another three ball

2-3

Ingles puts the Aussies on the board with a three ball

2-0

Adebayo gets the scoring going with a baseline jumper

0-0

We are underway in the Men's basketball semifinal

Team USA is undefeated against Australia in the Olympics having won eight straight matches

Aussies enjoying recent success vs USA

Australia has defeated Team USA in the last two match ups. The last win came in an exhibition leading up to the Olympics and before that Australia took down the Americans in the FIBA World Championships

Joe Ingles is one of the many stars on the Aussie team that is undefeated going into the semis

Durant gets got at the right time

KD is coming off his best scoring game of the Olympics, he scored 29 points in 31 minutes, including 13 points in the thrid quarter.

Team USA has a chance to go to their fourth consecutive gold medal match with a win tonight

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie

Australia is coming off their biggest win of the torunament, a 38 point thumping over Argentina in the quarters. They have an average margin of victory of 17.7 points a game.

Hello everyone and welcome to the men’s basketball semifinal match between Team USA and Australia from Tokyo, Japan. AS English will be keeping you covered with live scores, stats and highlights of one of today’s main events on Day 13 of Tokyo 2020.

Both teams cruised into the semifinals with convincing wins in the quarterfinals and will now square up with a spot in the gold medal match on the line.

Team USA wore down Spain over the course of four quarter and ended up winning by 14 points to secure their spot in the semis. Kevin Durant had his best game of these Olympic Games scoring 29 points in 31 minutes. Since the opening round loss to France in group stages, the US has rolled through the competition but will have a tough task on their hands today against a physical, talented Australia team.

The Aussies have won every game up until this stage, and they have done it by crushing the competition. Their closest contest was the 3 point win against Italy in the second game of the group stage. This is the fifth time Australia has been in the semis, but they have failed to advance in each of their previous four trips.

Damian Lillard is the top scorer for team USA, getting 17 a night, while Kevin Durant sits right behind him with 16.3 ppg. Patty Mills is one of the top scorers in the tournament getting 20.3 a contest while big man Nic Kay is averaging 13 points and seven rebounds an outing.

The winner of the early semifinal will play the winner of the France vs Slovenia game taking place later today.

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