Team USA Basketball defeated Tunisia in Group A play, 110-63, on Tuesday at the 2012 London Olympics.
New York area athletes helped the U.S. cruise to the victory in the second half after a bit of a disappointing first half.
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony came off the bench and shared the team lead in scoring with 16 points in 12 minutes. Kevin Love also had 16 points in 17 minutes for the U.S. Anthony had seven points in the first half. Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams played 15 minutes and scored nine points. He also had four assists, a steal, a block and a rebound. Knicks center Tyson Chandler had six points, all in the first half, and six rebounds in 15 minutes. Chandler appeared to hit his hand on the rim in the second half and was seen on the bench with an ice pack on the hand.
The U.S. struggled from behind the arc in the first half, shooting just two for 12 from three-point range. The U.S. only managed to lead Tunisia by 13 points at the half. The U.S. had no such problems in the second half, hitting eight of their 13 three-point shots. The blowout got underway immediately in the second half when the U.S. quickly increased their lead from 13 to 20 in a third quarter in which they eventually outscored Tunisia, 39-14. The fourth quarter saw bench players on the court for the U.S. but the lead grew even more.
Kevin Durant finished with a double-double for the U.S. with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Nine of Durant's points came in the first half. Makrem Ben Romdhane, of Tunisia, led all scorers with 22 points.
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