Kevin Durant scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds as Team USA beat France 98-71 in their first game of the 2012 Olympics Sunday.
Durant hit three 3-pointers in the game and also finished off the break with two monster slams here. The second dunk was the most impressive play highlighted by a fantastic LeBron James pass.
LeBron has shown before his ability to be a great passer especially with full court passes. He and Dwyane Wade have hooked up for many highlight finishes in Miami.
Lebron and Durant is an even more deadly combination on a basketball court. They really have been complimenting each other nicely. LeBron is such a strong passer while Durant needs one or sometimes no dribbles to finish with a dunk on the break.
LeBron led the United States with eight assists in the game and he really created a lot of easy looks for Team USA against France.
Team USA ran a lot of its offense through LeBron at the high post using him as a facilitator to find the open scorers he is surrounded by on this roster.
Durant emerged today and should continue to be the team’s leading scorer throughout these Olympics. In the exhibition games LeBron scored slightly more than Durant did and Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant both have the chance on any given night to be Team USA’s leading scorer.
Durant should ultimately lead the team in scoring and have a chance to set an Olympic record in terms of points scored.
The highlights will continue to come for Team USA as their next two games will be against the two weakest teams in their pool, Tunisia on Tuesday and then Nigeria on Thursday.