Many thought Brazil would test Team USA … and they certainly did just that. In a game that was close throughout, Team USA barely got past Brazil by a final score of 70-68. Leandro Barbosa missed a shot at the buzzer that would have sent the game into overtime. Team USA was led by Kevin Durant’s 27 points and ten rebounds.
With five minutes to go, Tiago Splitter hit a jumper to cut Team USA’s lead to two points. After two free throws by Derrick Rose, Marcelo Huertas made a layup. Chauncey Billups answered with a layup, which was then matched by a layup by Barbosa. Following a Billups miss, Huertas went to the lane. He missed the first one and then decided to miss the second one on purpose. Alex Garcia got the offensive rebound and that led to Barbosa’s attempt at the buzzer that barely rolled off the rim.
Billups thought that the tightly contested affair was a good thing for this inexperienced version of Team USA.
Said Billups: “We came out victorious, but for the young guys, just know how thin of a line it is. Possessions, turnovers, things like that that we talk about. Now they can see it.”
Marcus Vinicius led the way for Brazil with 16 points. Splitter, who is joining the San Antonio Spurs this upcoming season, had 13 points, ten rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Here’s a video of the last eight minutes of the game between Team USA and Brazil: