Although Team USA was behind by five points in the first half against Turkey on Sunday, Kyrie Irving and the Americans surged ahead in the second half for the win. Team USA turned it around in the third quarter and then put the pedal to the ground in the fourth quarter to cruise to a 98-77 victory. Although Kenneth Faried stole the show for the Americans, Irving still put together one of the most well-rounded performances of the day for Team USA.
Kyrie Irving finished with 13 points, five assists, four rebounds and one steal, while shooting 5 of 10 from the field and 2 of 3 from three-point range. The Cleveland Cavaliers point guard finished with the second-most assists on the day behind James Harden, who had seven dimes. All of the other guards for Team USA, however, fell flat on Sunday. Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Derrick Rose shot a combined 5 of 22 from the field and tallied just 17 points altogether.
Rose shined in Team USA’s match against Finland on Saturday but failed to get anything going against Turkey. The Chicago Bulls point guard finished 0 of 4 from the field, netting just two points on free throws. Kyrie Irving was the lone court general who stepped up to the plate when things were getting tricky against Turkey, especially in the second half. Team USA outscored Turkey by 26 points over the final two quarters.
The Americans will have a day off before facing New Zealand on Tuesday. After two solid performances, expect to see Kyrie Irving in the starting lineup once again. Tipoff is set for 11:30 a.m. and the game can be watched on ESPN2 and the WatchESPN app.