Published: Tue, September 10, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Olympic bound US tops Brazil 89-73, gains World Cup quarters

Olympic bound US tops Brazil 89-73, gains World Cup quarters

High stakes mean high intensity and the action on Day 4 certainly lived up to that billing with plenty of excitement across the tournament.

The U.S. next will play France in the quarters on Wednesday at 7 a.m. ET, and there will be real effect to that one. Then the lead went to double digits for the first time on a 3-pointer by Khris Middleton.

Besides a 53-point scorching of 48th-ranked Japan in the third game of group play, the Americans have done little to impress through this initial stage, failing to pass both the eye test and the analytics portion in this week and a half of play.

Team USA has gotten off to a flawless yet somewhat unimpressive 5-0 start in this 2019 FIBA World Cup, mustering the top seed in competition and now awaiting the first heavy hitter it will face in this tournament - France.

Greece beats Czech Republic by less than 12, United States beats Brazil.

The Czech Republic, Brazil, and Greece had identical 3-2 records following the second round, but the Czechs held the tiebreaker due to a superior point differential and advanced as the second-place team in Group K.

With Greece winning by just seven points, it was officially eliminated from advancing to the quarterfinal round while the Czech Republic's hopes hinged on Team USA's ability to defeat Brazil.

In one of the best games of the tournament, Australia (5-0) remained flawless as it earned a two-point win over France (4-1) to finish first in Group L. That put the Aussies in the opposite bracket from the Americans and the French, in a win-or-go-home matchup with them. Celtics point guard Kemba Walker led the Americans with 15 points and led all participants with six assists. Evan Fournier scored 31 for France.

Each team will move on to the Quarter-Finals on Wednesday with France taking on Team USA and Australia facing the Czech Republic.

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So their 89-73 victory was mostly for pride, and to increase USA Basketball's run of consecutive victories in senior men's competition to 58.

Kemba Walker and Myles Turner scored 16 points apiece, the defense did the rest, and the US stymied Brazil in an 89-73 victory Monday at the FIBA World Cup in Shenzhen, China.

Patty Mills of the San Antonio Spurs scored 30 points to lead Australia, Joe Ingles had 23 and Aron Baynes added 21.

As a team, the United States assisted on 21 of its 36 made field goals and shot 52.2% from the field for the game. Rigoberto Mendoza led the Dominicans with 14 points.

Brazil's Vitor Benite is selected as well by us with the side's point guard putting on a 12 point display in his previous outing, a good performance from the side's best shooter.

According to data compiled by Oddschecker, Team USA remains the odds-on favorite to win the tournament.

Like Argentina, Spain is looking to reach a first World Cup semifinals in 13 years and it has emerged as one of the dark horses of the tournament after topping a group containing Italy and Serbia.

It was a win three nations could celebrate: The U.S. victory not only resulted in an Olympic berth but also clinched an Olympic spot for Argentina and a quarterfinal spot for the Czech Republic.

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