USA vs. New Zealand: Score and Twitter Reaction for FIBA World Cup 2014

September 2nd, 2014 by Rob Goldberg Leave a reply »

The United States basketball team remained undefeated at the FIBA Basketball World Cup after a 98-71 win over New Zealand on Tuesday.

Anthony Davis continued his impressive summer with a game-high 21 points. Kenneth Faried also made a big impact with 15 points and 11 rebounds, and he was one of six U.S. players in double figures. Everyone on the roster scored at least one point in the win.     

New Zealand had a strong effort to keep things relatively close before the fourth quarter, thanks in part to BJ Anthony's 11 points off the bench. However, it could not match up inside as Team USA won the rebounding battle 47-34, and 21 turnovers also did not help the underdogs.

This win helps the United States continue a solid run to start the tournament:

The Americans got off to a bit of a slow start in this game, especially on the defensive end. On the offensive end, they showed off their big-play ability, including this early dunk by Davis:

Faried also got in on the dunking action thanks to a half-court alley-oop from Stephen Curry:

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