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Team USA dominates Slovenia in final tune-up before FIBA World Cup

By Zach Harper | NBA writer

In USA Basketball's first game since finalizing the 12-man roster for the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain, Team USA dominated Slovenia 101-71 in an exhibition game in the Canary Islands. Anthony Davis was the star for Team USA this time, taking all of the incredible skill and physical attributes that make him so special on the court to finish with 18 points, 11 rebounds, four blocks, and four steals in right around 18 minutes of action.

Davis and starting power forward Kenneth Faried were simply too active for Slovenia's weak front line, wrecking the area around the basket on both ends and proving their athleticism and hustle were too much to keep up with on the court. Slovenia is typically a team that likes to push the tempo behind Phoenix Suns' guard Goran Dragic and his brother Zoran Dragic. However, running on the lesser teams in this tournament is a much easier feat than keeping up with a USA team that is more than comfortable playing at an accelerated pace.

As we have seen in many of the exhibition warm-up games for Team USA, they looked impressive early but allowed their opponents to get back into the game in the first half. Slovenia managed to cut the lead to three points at one time in the first half after looking like they may get run out of the building. Then after halftime, the US used a 22-4 run to separate themselves and roll comfortably to an easy victory.

Faried had 14 points and Kyrie Irving, who started ahead of Derrick Rose, added 13 points of his own. The physicality, athleticism, and pace of the game put the Slovenian team in quite a bit of foul trouble, and even Goran Dragic was held to just six points on the day.

Even without expected stars like Kevin Durant and Paul George playing for this team, USA Basketball managed to go 4-0 with comfortable victories in each contest. They'll begin play on August 30 against Finland when the World Cup opens. They'll compete in Group C, containing Finland, Dominican Republic, New Zealand, Turkey, and Ukraine. They play five games in six days during group play, before going on to the elimination portion of the tournament.

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