Team USA destroyed the Dominican Republic 113-59 Thursday night behind Kevin Durant’s 24-point, 10-rebound double-double performance.
Durant came off the bench to shoot 9-of-11 from the field, draining 5-of-6 from behind the arc in 22 minutes.
“It felt good to me,” Durant told the AP in his post-game comments. “It was cool to come off the bench for the first time. Wherever they need that spark, I’m going to try to come out and give them that spark. So I was looking forward to having different roles playing with USA, so it was kind of fun for me, actually.”
Andre Iguodala added 18 points and Carmelo Anthony chipped in with 13 for Team USA. LeBron James and Kobe Bryant both played limited roles, and were only on the court for about 20 minutes while combining for 11 points.
Atlanta Hawks all-star center Al Horford played for the DR team but had a terrible game shooting 1-of-12 from the field for a total of seven points. Francisco Garcia, the Dominicans’ only other NBA player, missed all three shot attempts and didn’t score in the contest.