Boomers stun USA megastars in Olympics warm-up

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Australia person beaten the USA 91-83 successful a Tokyo Olympics warm-up crippled successful Las Vegas.

America's NBA superstars compounded their nonaccomplishment to Nigeria connected Sunday (AEST) with different defeat, portion the Boomers claimed conscionable their second-ever triumph implicit Team USA.

Australia is present 2-0 successful the ongoing accumulation event, portion the USA squad - coached by San Antonio Spurs fable Gregg Popovich - is simply a stunning 0-2.

NBA and Boomers seasoned Mills, of Popovich's Spurs team, led Australia with 22 points. Utah Jazz prima Joe Ingles had 17 points, portion Philadelphia 76ers subordinate Matisse Thybulle had 12 points.

Big men Nick Kay and Jock Landale were instrumental connected the antiaircraft extremity for Australia, collecting 9 and 7 rebounds respectively.

Patty Mills #5 of the Australia Boomers is fouled by Kevin Durant #7 of the United States. (Getty)

The Boomers' lone different triumph against the USA came successful 2019, a 98-94 triumph successful an accumulation crippled held successful Melbourne.

Tuesday's crippled successful Vegas (AEST) featured NBA giants similar Kevin Durant, yet the Aussies could not beryllium denied.

Bradley Beal of the US drives into Aron Baynes of the Australia Boomers arsenic Jock Landale closes in. (Getty)

GAME WRAP - By AP's Tim Reynolds

These games don't count. Right now, that is the lone redeeming grace for USA Basketball.

And for rather astir apt the archetypal clip successful 29 years of NBA players suiting up for the nationalist team, they heard boos erstwhile a crippled ended — connected location soil, nary less.

Patty Mills scored 22 points and Australia held the US without a tract extremity for the last 4:34 connected the mode to beating the Americans 91-83 connected Monday nighttime (Tuesday AEST), dropping the three-time defending Olympic golden medalists to 0-2 successful their five-game slate of exhibitions starring up to the Tokyo Games.

Joe Ingles scored 17 points, Matisse Thybulle scored 12 and Chris Goulding had 11 for Australia.

Damian Lillard led the US with 22 points, portion Kevin Durant scored 17 and Bradley Beal finished with 12. But the Americans wasted a 10-point second-half lead, and person dropped back-to-back games for conscionable the 3rd clip since NBA players began wearing the red, achromatic and bluish successful 1992.

The different instances: 2 consecutive successful the 2002 FIBA World Championship and 2 consecutive successful the 2019 Basketball World Cup. The U.S. finished sixth successful the archetypal tournament, seventh successful the other. And portion these are glorified scrimmages, this overmuch is already definite — a medal seems acold from a fastener for the US.

Duop Reathof the Australia Boomers fouls Bam Adebayo of the United States. (Getty)

Jayson Tatum's layup with 4:35 near enactment the Americans up 82-80. Australia scoured the US 11-1 the remainder of the way, and Mills — who plays for US manager Gregg Popovich successful San Antonio — did astir of the harm for the Boomers down the stretch.

Favoured by 16.5 points earlier the game, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, the Americans looked the portion for overmuch of the archetypal half. A 20-6 tally — capped by 5 points from Select Team call-up Keldon Johnson — enactment the US up by 8 precocious successful the opening quarter, and Lillard closed retired his 16-point archetypal fractional with a three-pointer 31.7 seconds earlier intermission that gave the Americans a 46-35 lead.

The halftime pb was nine, the aforesaid pb that the US had aboriginal successful the 3rd 4th against Nigeria earlier letting it gaffe away.

And the aforesaid happening happened successful this one.

The third-quarter pb for the US was arsenic large arsenic 10 and was 58-50 erstwhile Lillard made a three-pointer midway done the period. But Australia closed the 4th connected a 19-6 run, Goulding deed a three-pointer arsenic clip expired and Australia took a 69-64 pb into the last 10 minutes.

Matisse Thybulle of the Australia Boomers dunks against the United States. (Getty)

TIP-INS

Australia: The Boomers, according to USA Basketball's archives, are present 2-28 all-time against the Americans successful elder men's nationalist competition. The different Australian triumph came successful a pre-World Cup accumulation successful 2019.

USA: The Americans changed the starting lineup, with Jerami Grant successful for Jayson Tatum and Draymond Green successful for Bam Adebayo. ... The US was outrebounded 32-25.

LOVE OUT

Kevin Love, who played lone 3 minutes successful Saturday's nonaccomplishment to Nigeria, was the lone Olympic-teamer who didn't get into the crippled for the US. The Americans utilized 10 players; the 8 different Olympians successful Las Vegas, positive Select Team promotees Johnson and Darius Garland. The Olympic-bound trio of Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday and Devin Booker stay astatine the NBA Finals.

BAYNES HURT

Australia halfway Aron Baynes limped disconnected 3:49 into the crippled aft a collision with Beal. Baynes was defending arsenic Beal drove astatine him, and Baynes grabbed astatine his close genu pursuing the contact. He went to the locker room, past returned to the Boomers' seat aboriginal successful the archetypal fractional but did not return.

UP NEXT

Australia: Faces Nigeria connected Tuesday (Wednesday AEST) successful Las Vegas.

USA: Faces Argentina connected Tuesday (Wednesday AEST) successful Las Vegas.

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