Team USA opened its weekend by defeating Canada 113-63. The fifty-point victory margin fell in between their first two games against Venezuela and the Virgin Islands, which they won by forty-three and sixty-four points respectively. But Canada was easily the most qualified foe of the first three. They entered the game 2-1, losing only to Brazil by eight points.
And Canada hung around for one quarter. They trailed by only seven points before Team USA unveiled a defense so suffocating and an offense so dazzling that even Canadian basketball savior Steve Nash would have been rendered helpless had he suited up. Because with all due respect to Nash, Team USA was another level.
Team USA notched 37 points in the second quarter, a particularly impressive mark considering the international game’s 10-minute quarters.
Carmelo Anthony and Michael Redd again piled up points in bunches. Anthony led all scorers with 25 points. Redd added 19 points, shooting 6-14 from the field and 5-10 on three-pointers.
Redd, who also totaled three rebounds, two steals, and one assist in the game, came off the bench but led Team USA in minutes played, with 22.
Team USA also continued to loudly proclaim a fact that unfortunately needs repeating: Americans can in fact shoot. The three-point shooting (15-30) was great, but more encouraging yet was the free-throw shooting (20-22) prowess displayed, particularly by big men Amare Stoudemire (6-6) and Dwight Howard (2-2).