Celtics trio of Walker, Smart & Brown lift Team USA to 89-73 win over Brazil
Starters for Team USA were Donovan Mitchell, Harrison Barnes, Joe Harris, Kemba Walker and Myles Turner. Jayson Tatum was forced to miss another game with a sore ankle. The score remained close for all of the first half, and Team USA's 55% shooting on field goals was much-needed, as their accuracy from beyond the arc was only 31%.
The first half ended with a score of 43-39 in favor of the Americans. As usual, Kemba Walker was the rock for the USA with 10 points and five assists. Marcus Smart was all over the court, coming away with his normal varied line of six points, one rebound, one block and one last-second steal to end the period. He displayed no indications of any past injury issues. Brown had three points and two boards. Former-NBA player, Anderson Verejao was the energy guy we remember, scoring six points, grabbing four rebounds and handing out two assists for Brazil.
Marcus Smart's block ignites the USA fast break 👏 pic.twitter.com/vOt5W1Bn6T— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) September 9, 2019
Team USA was able to stretch the lead in the third period. Once again, Smart had another last-second play, this time a 3-point shot which gave the USA an 11-point lead, with the score at 67-56.
Defense by Jaylen Brown helps spark Team USA spurt that has them ahead 59-48 with 3:44 to play in the third quarter. pic.twitter.com/BIu2qFQtmV— A. Sherrod Blakely (@ASherrodblakely) September 9, 2019
Jaylen Brown opened the scoring in the final period with a layup, and his energized play helped expand the USA's lead to 18 points (80-62) at the 6:00 mark of the fourth quarter. He and Marcus were doing it all out there.
Jaylen Brown the playmaker in transition pic.twitter.com/AgFi2E7Ovi— Tomek Kordylewski (@Timi_093) September 9, 2019
MARCUS SMART AT THE BUZZER pic.twitter.com/UapkXUIW9m— Taylor Snow (@taylorcsnow) September 9, 2019
Kemba finished with 16 points and five assists. Marcus had nine points, two rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal. Brown put up 11 points on 5-of-9 from the field, along with four rebounds and a very-notable four assists. Team Shamrock did a fine job bringing Team USA closer to a World Cup Title.
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