While Team USA had what was their toughest matchup of the FIBA World Cup so far, they were still able to win by over 20 points. Following their 59 point demolition of Finland the day before, team USA showed signs of struggle against Turkey. The first half was where Turkey was at it’s strongest, taking a 40-35 lead into the break. Then, the US took over.
After a scoreless first half, former number one overall pick Anthony Davis exploded for 19 points and 6 rebounds in the second half against Turkey, including 11 quick points to open up the third quarter. Davis began the spark that would eventually lead team USA’s come from behind win.
Davis began his scoring with back-to-back layups with fouls on both of them. Davis continued to attack under the basket, constantly battling his newly acquired Turkish teammate Omer Asik. While Asik dominated the US in the first half with his rebounding presence, Turkey out-rebounded the USA 21-12 in the first half, Davis went on a tear both offensively and defensively to keep Asik out of contention in the second half. Davis continued to show off his freakish athleticism later in the game, reaching high for multiple impressive dunks, including this crazy alley-oop from Klay Thompson at the 3:54 mark of this video.
The key turning point in the game, was a stupendous block by Davis at the rim, which started a fast break for Team USA and ended with Stephen Curry nailing a three and extending the US lead to five with just under two minutes left in the third quarter. This began what would wind up being a 31-9 run for Team USA to end the game. Team USA would eventually win the game by a score of 98-77. After they get Labor Day off, team USA is back at it again Tuesday.