Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard, Team USA lose to Patty Mills, Australia for second straight exhibition defeat
Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard, and the rest of Team USA dropped their second straight defeat, this time at the hands of Team Australia. After a surprising defeat against Nigeria on Saturday, the might national team couldn’t bounce back and fell flat against Patty Mills, Joe Ingles, and the rest of the team from down under in a tough 91-83 loss.
For what it’s worth, Team USA was a 17.5 point favorite coming into this one (via Draft Kings).
It was the Patty Mills show as the San Antonio Spurs star was all sorts of trouble for Team USA and his NBA head coach Gregg Popovich as the 32-year-old vet exploded for 10 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter. Utah Jazz star Joe Ingles also played a big game, adding 17 points while Mattise Thybulle of the Philadelphia 76ers contributed 12 points, three assists, and two blocks.
Patty Mills drills a 3 over Draymond Green and Kevin Durant! 😳pic.twitter.com/rYKMEg9lj2
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) July 13, 2021
Obviously, these are all exhibition games so it’s we shouldn’t be pushing the panic button just yet but it is rather concerning to see a star-laden team led by a two-time Finals MVP in Durant and a three-time champ in Draymond Green get upset twice in three days. According to ESPN, this is the first time the national team lost back-to-back exhibition games since professionals started playing in 1992. That’s not a good look.
The U.S. men's basketball team suffered its 2nd loss in 3 days, falling to Australia in Las Vegas tonight, 91-83.
It is the 1st time Team USA has lost back-to-back exhibition games since professionals started playing in 1992 (were 54-2 in exhibitions in this span prior to this). pic.twitter.com/8TAZG0XyBd
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 13, 2021
It was the Portland Trail Blazers superstar in Lillard who led the way for Team USA as he scored 22 points while Durant added 17. Both Lillard, KD, and Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal all played over 28 minutes. It’s back to the drawing board for Pop and the rest of the national team as they try to get familiar with one another and turn things around. Their next exhibition fame will be against Argentina on Tuesday before running it back against Australia on Friday.