The US men’s basketball team did not get the start they wanted against France, but they rebounded against Iran on Wednesday to claim their first preliminary victory of the Tokyo Olympics with a score of 120- 66.
Iran opened the scoring with a two-point shot after 22 seconds of play, but their lead was short. The Americans were in full swing Wednesday morning, scoring 60 points in the first half alone.
Damian Lillard was particularly hot to start the contest, pulling off six of his 11 beyond-arc attempts for a total of 18 points in the game’s opening 20 minutes.
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Lillard finished seven of 15 on the field for 21 points with two rebounds and five assists.
The competition also almost served as a pivotal moment in Kevin Durant’s Olympic career. At kickoff, Durant was just 15 points off the all-time Olympic record for American men’s basketball (336 points), set by Carmelo Anthony in 2016. However, Durant finished the game with just 10 points. , falling right next to the Olympic Milestone.
Durant’s next chance to surpass Carmelo’s Olympic record comes on Saturday morning at 8 a.m. ET when the United States men face the Czech Republic.