The U.S. men’s basketball team lived up to its potential on Tuesday night, cruising to a 108-80 victory over Argentina for its first exhibition win.
After dropping consecutive games against Nigeria and Australia, Team USA showcased the talent and skill level that has made it the favorite to capture the gold medal at the 2021 Olympics. All five starters (Damian Lillard, Zach LaVine, Bradley Beal, Kevin Durant, Bam Adebayo) scored at least 12 points, and Team USA held Argentina to 38.4 percent shooting from the field.
“More intensity. We really honed in on the defensive side and just really locked in,” Adebayo said during his postgame interview with NBCSN.
Team USA has two exhibition games remaining before it travels to Tokyo. The Americans will face Australia on Friday and Spain on Monday.
Sporting News provided live updates and highlights from the U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team’s exhibition game against Argentina. Check out all the highlights you missed right here.
USA vs. Argentina score
USA vs. Argentina live updates, highlights
(All times Eastern)
Final: USA 108, Argentina 80
8 p.m. — No drama here. Team USA gets back on track with a blowout win.
Final score in Las Vegas. 🏀#USABMNT defeats Argentina 108-80 in exhibition play in preparation for Tokyo.
Kevin Durant: 17 PTS, , 3 3PM
Bradley Beal: 17 PTS
Zach LaVine: 15 PTS
Damian Lillard: 13 PTS, 3 3PM
Bam Adebayo: 12 PTS, 5 AST pic.twitter.com/1Tprrv8DHl
— NBA (@NBA) July 14, 2021
7:45 p.m. — As ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt would say, “That’s levitation, Holmes.”
7:35 p.m. — ZACH LAVINE. OH MY.
End of third quarter: USA 81, Argentina 62
7:30 p.m. — Team USA is firmly in control after another strong quarter. The effort and execution on both ends of the floor have been much better.
7:20 p.m. — Bam Adebayo pushes Team USA’s lead to 23 points with a two-handed slam in transition.
7:15 p.m. — Important note: Luis Scola is still balling at 41 years old. The big man has a team-high 13 points and five rebounds.
Halftime: USA 58, Argentina 42
7 p.m. — Kevin Durant beats the buzzer with the pull-up jumper. The Nets star has 14 points, five rebounds and two assists.
6:45 p.m. — That’s two-time NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion Zach LaVine rocking the rim.
6:30 p.m. — Jerami Grant is apparently hoping to join the U.S. men’s volleyball team.
End of first quarter: USA 33, Argentina 19
6:20 p.m. — Team USA catches fire from the outside in the opening period, hitting six of its first nine 3-point attempts.
6:10 p.m. — A great start for Team USA. The Americans have quickly jumped out to a double-digit lead.
6 p.m. — The starters for each team…
- USA: Damian Lillard, Zach LaVine, Bradley Beal, Kevin Durant, Bam Adebayo
- Argentina: Facundo Campazzo, Patricio Garino, Nicolas Brussino, Luis Scola, Marcos Delia
6 p.m. — A Damian Lillard logo shot in slow motion? Beautiful.
5:40 p.m. — Team USA announces that Jayson Tatum will not play against Argentina.
Jayson Tatum will not play tonight vs. Argentina due to right knee soreness. He is day to day, Team USA says.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 13, 2021
How to watch USA basketball
All five USA Olympic men’s basketball exhibition games will be broadcast live on NBCSN before the Americans head off to Tokyo.
You can also stream Team USA games online with fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.
|Date||Game||Time (ET)||TV channel|
|July 10||USA vs. Nigeria||8 p.m.||NBCSN|
|July 12||USA vs. Australia||8 p.m.||NBCSN|
|July 13||USA vs. Argentina||6 p.m.||NBCSN|
|July 16||USA vs. Australia||6 p.m.||NBCSN|
|July 18||USA vs. Spain||9 p.m.||NBCSN|
When do the Olympics start?
The opening ceremony at the 2021 Olympics is July 23. The men’s basketball tournament tips off two days later on July 25 and ends with the medal games on Aug. 6-7.
Team USA is one of 12 teams to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. It will be playing in Group A. Its group-play opponents will be France, Iran and the Czech Republic.
|July 25||USA vs. France||8 a.m.|
|July 28||USA vs. Iran||12:40 a.m.|
|July 31||USA vs. Czech Republic||8 a.m.|
|Aug. 3||Men’s basketball quarterfinals||TBD|
|Aug. 5||Men’s basketball semifinals||TBD|
|Aug. 6||Men’s basketball gold-medal game||TBD|
|Aug. 7||Men’s basketball bronze-medal game||TBD|