Kevin Durant scored 13 points Tuesday afternoon as Team USA beat Spain 100-78 in an exhibition game in preparation for the London Olympics.
Durant scored just three points in the first half but then got it going in the third quarter. He hit a three then got to the rim a few times including this dunk off a Chris Paul assist in which he hit his head on the rim.
Durant’s length is something most international teams haven’t seen before. It’s made him maybe the best player on Team USA as he is able to so easy rise and fire treys from the shorter 3-point line.
Durant is also becoming a better defender and for Team USA has become very effective on defense blocking shots and getting his hands into the passing lanes as international players aren’t used to his length.
The United States went 5-0 in exhibition play over the past two weeks with Durant averaging 17.6 points per game and shooting 50 percent from deep.
Durant is the leading candidate to lead the United States in scoring in the Olympics. LeBron James has slightly edged him in the five exhibition games but Durant did not start the first two games.
One of Durant’s specialties is garbage time baskets. He always has his offense motor going and will clean up a lot of easy buckets for the U.S. when the Olympics start.
The Olympics will start July 27 with Team USA playing their first game July 29 against France.