Team USA leave their best performance for the last.
An 83-76 win over the reigning World Champions in Spain, caps off their exhibition schedule in Las Vegas as they finish with a record of 2-2.
Ricky Rubio, for Spain, led all scorers with 23 points but Team USA had four score in double figures led by Damian Lillard's 19. Other key scorers were Kevin Durant, Keldon Johnson and Zach LaVine with the latter two playing a key role in Team USA pulling away from Spain in the second half.
Here's a running diary of their final exhibition game before leaving for Tokyo.
Final: Team USA 83, Spain 76
Lillard knocks down a couple of shots late, as would be expected in Dame Time, to ensure no Spain comeback and that brings the curtains on the game.
Zach LaVine erupting here, nearly scored all of his 11 points in the final period. Not to mention four of those coming on highlight-reel dunks.
Like we were saying... https://t.co/D47G4Adgj4 pic.twitter.com/GRjxAJaNkz- USA Basketball (@usabasketball) July 19, 2021
Team USA starting to pick-up their intensity on defence and their pace on offence. They lead 65-52 with just around 7:30 left in the game.
End of Third Quarter: Team USA 57, Spain 50
Team USA goes on a 21-8 run over the final seven-something minutes of the quarter, which was one of their best of the exhibition games in Las Vegas. 21-year-old Keldon Johnson scored 10 of his 13 in the period. Lillard and KD have combined for 26 while Rubio is the game's top-scorer with 20.
Keldon Johnson goes for 10 3rd quarter PTS on a perfect 5-5 shooting! #USABMNT in front 57-50... watch the 4th on NBC Sports Network & https://t.co/HbtDcrFgfZ pic.twitter.com/qzwV97ZQSa- NBA (@NBA) July 19, 2021
Make that 50-46 as Keldon Johnson caps-off a Team USA fastbreak with a transition dunk off the pass from Lillard.
BRING THAT ENERGY 🗣 pic.twitter.com/6Z6h58lrpS- USA Basketball (@usabasketball) July 19, 2021
Team USA takes the lead (48-46), courtesy of a Damian Lillard triple with just over three minutes remaining.
Dame for the lead 🎯 pic.twitter.com/D7bBN02Lpi- USA Basketball (@usabasketball) July 19, 2021
Just over halfway through the third quarter and it's still just a four-point game (46-42).
🚨 At the buzzer 🚨@Money23Green x 🇺🇸 #USABMNT pic.twitter.com/Mw4qvC493X- USA Basketball (@usabasketball) July 19, 2021
Halftime: Spain 38, Team USA 36
Team USA fightback hard, had a chance to tie the game up, but are left with just a two-point deficit. Kevin Durant and Damian Lillard score 11 points apiece for Team USA while Ricky Rubio leads the scoring charts for Spain with 14.
Big scoring advantage through the first half for Spain 26-15. Can Team USA overcome that?
Ricky Rubio replies with a three of his own and right after, Durant knocks a tough jumper down. It's 34-29 with 3:08 left in the game.
Can't stop him.@KDTrey5 x 🇺🇸 #USABMNT pic.twitter.com/sDyqdho8ih- USA Basketball (@usabasketball) July 19, 2021
Keldon Johnson, Kevin Durant and then, Damian Lillard. Team USA brings the lead down to 31-27 with three consecutive triples.
Welcome to the squad Keldon Johnson 👏 pic.twitter.com/IQ4oACMYuC- USA Basketball (@usabasketball) July 19, 2021
Halfway through the second quarter, Spain leads 26-18. The reigning World Champions are looking comfortable in the lead while Team USA continues to battle and attempt to overcome the size difference.
📹 No falla.@rudy5fernandez FARRÉS 🎯- Baloncesto España (@BaloncestoESP) July 19, 2021
🏆 Gira preparación #Tokyo2020
Min. 12 (18-23)
📷 https://t.co/AKbvXDRZd5@iberia | #SomosEquipo pic.twitter.com/NqCHprcNUP
Birthday Bucket 🎂@Bam1of1 x 🇺🇸 #USABMNT pic.twitter.com/WgYNKcSL3H- USA Basketball (@usabasketball) July 19, 2021
First quarter: Spain 18, Team USA 14
Spain ends the first quarter on a 13-5 run to go from trailing by four to leading by four. Former NBA Champion Pau Gasol has had a couple of baskets to fall, including one putback dunk on a free-throw miss.
📹 Hola Estados Unidos 🇺🇸- Baloncesto España (@BaloncestoESP) July 19, 2021
Con ustedes, @destusman1 💪
🏆 Gira preparación #Tokyo2020
Min. 9 (12-18)
📷 https://t.co/AKbvXDRZd5@iberia | #SomosEquipo pic.twitter.com/qyd6hM80oA
2:54 to go and Spain have taken the lead 12-9 behind a Sergio Rodriguez three.
Just over halfway through the first quarter, Team USA leads 9-5 and seems to be playing the best basketball of their Las Vegas stint so far.
You knew this was coming.@Dame_Lillard x 🇺🇸 #USABMNT pic.twitter.com/pLjApc0iYE- USA Basketball (@usabasketball) July 19, 2021
#FirstFive vs 🇪🇸- USA Basketball (@usabasketball) July 19, 2021
» Green pic.twitter.com/DtHZBsGwiR
El QUINTETO INICIAL de #LaFamilia para el CLÁSICO 🇺🇸🆚🇪🇸- Baloncesto España (@BaloncestoESP) July 19, 2021
👉 @MarcGasol@basketlover | #SomosEquipo pic.twitter.com/deslBKUaWZ
There was good news for Team USA, reported before the game.
Jerami Grant is expected to be cleared from quarantine and will be available to travel with Team USA to Japan, sources said. Americans have final exhibition against Spain set for 9 p.m. ET.- Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 18, 2021
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