Kevin Durant led the United States with 17 points, followed by Jayson Tatum with 15 and Damian Lillard with 14. If you want some context on what constitutes an all-time upheaval, look at the result when these two countries played at the 2012 Olympics in London:
After the London Games, the United States and Nigeria met again in 2016 for an exhibition, and the United States won by 44 (110-66).
On Saturday Nigeria – which is led by Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown – took the common path to cause a massive upheaval: they got very hot from 3, hitting 20 triples out of 42 and never lagging behind. fourth quarter. . Gabe Vincent of the Miami Heat hit six of those 3 points en route to 21 points, the team’s best. Nigeria also won the rebound battle 46-34.
You’d think it would grab the attention of the U.S. team as they continue to prepare for the start of the Tokyo Olympics. We’ll see if that kindles a fire when the United States returns to the pitch for their next show on Monday against Australia. After the loss, this is the approach taken by Jayson Tatum and head coach Gregg Popovich.
“In a way, I’m pretty glad it happened,” Popovich said. “It doesn’t mean anything if we don’t learn from it. This could be the most important thing in this tournament for us. “
“I think it’s good for us,” Tatum added. “We’re going to learn a lot from the film, come together and stay positive. “