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Tokyo Olympics: Team USA bounce back with 54-point victory over Iran

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Team USA bounced back from their opening game defeat to France with an emphatic 120-66 win over Iran.

Damian Lillard led six players in double figures with 21 points, while Devin Booker added 16 and Jayson Tatum 14.

Former NBA big man Hamed Haddadi was Iran's top scorer with 14 points and seven rebounds.

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The 54-point margin of victory was USA's biggest win since their 57-point victory over China at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Let's jump into the key takeaways at the buzzer:

1. Dame dialled in

After struggling in USA's opener against France, Damian Lillard led the charge against Iran with a sharp-shooting performance from beyond the arc.

He started the game in heat check mode, knocking down three triples in the first quarter as USA raced out to a 16-point lead.

Lillard finished with 21 points and five assists, going 7-of-13 from beyond the arc, becoming the fourth player in USA history to knock down seven 3-pointers in an Olympic game.

2. A new starting lineup

Gregg Popovich tweaked his starting lineup for tonight's game, inserting Jrue Holiday and Devin Booker in place of Zach LaVine and Draymond Green.

Holiday and Booker arrived to Tokyo late, fresh off the NBA Finals, but both looked right at home among the starters, with Booker the team's second-leading scorer with 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting.

With Holiday running point, Lillard was able to play more off ball and look to score, while giving their backcourt a defensive boost with the addition of Holiday who was their best player against France in the opening game.

The change-up saw Kevin Durant spend more time playing at power forward, giving them more spacing in the front court and while they lose Green's defence in the starting group, Durant was excellent on that side of the ball tonight, using his size and length to protect the paint, finishing with two steals and three blocks.

3. Durant closing in on Carmelo

Durant recorded 10 points, five rebounds and five assists tonight, edging closer to Carmelo Anthony's all-time scoring record for Team USA.

The two-time gold medal winner played just 20 minutes in the blowout and noe needs just six points to pass Anthony's record of 336, which is sure to come in their next game against the Czech Republic

4. Ball movement

Against France, Team USA's offence was fairly clunky at times, settling for contested jumpers, but against Iran they made a point of moving the ball.

Sure, Iran isn't at the same level of opponent as France, but Team USA looked a lot more intentional with their offence, making the extra pass and sharing the offensive repsonsibilities.

They notched 32 assists on 42 made field goals, while only committing six turnovers.

5. Where the game was won

Some key stats....

  • Team USA shot 23-of-37 (62 percent) from 2-point range, 19-of-39 (49 percent) from the 3-point line and 17-of-18 (94 percent) at the free throw line.
  • Iran shot 16-of-41 (39 percent) from 2-point range, 9-of-26 (35 percent) from the 3-point line and 7-of-13 at the free throw line.
  • USA outscored Iran 37-2 on points off turnovers and in turn dominated on the frastbreak with 38 points to five.
  • With three players in double figures off the bench, USA's reserves outrscored Iran's 59-25.

6. What's next?

Group A continues on Saturday as Iran faces France and the United States takes on Czech Republic.

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