With President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in attendance, the United States men’s basketball team overcome an early deficit to beat the Brazilian national team 80-69 last night in Washington D.C.
Heat forward LeBron James lead Team USA with 30 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter. Thunder forward had 11, while Clippers point guard Chris Paul added 10. Alex Garica lead Brazil with fourteen points, while Cavaliers forward/center Anderson Varejao chipped in 12.
Team USA didn’t play at their best in this exhibition game, and they will have to improve by the time the London Olympics begin. They were down ten points in the first quarter, and only shot 1-of-12 from three-point range. The Americans offense was reliant on dunks, easy transition lay-ups, and as the score sheet shows, largely dominated by James.
Team USA also predictably struggled inside, where Tyson Chandler is the only true center. Against Brazil, the lack of depth showed, as the Brazilians have NBA big men Varejao, Nene, and Tiago Splitter on the roster. The will face the same issue if/when they play Spain, which features brothers Pau and Marc Gasol up front.
In a light, non-basketball moment, President Obama was denied a kiss on “Kiss-Cam” in the second quarter by First Lady Michelle Obama. He was later given one on a retry in the fourth quarter
Team USA next plays Great Britain in Manchester, England in three days on July 19th.