The U.S. national men’s basketball team advanced to the 2-0 level in the 2012 Olympic Games routing Tunisia, 110-63, on July 31 in London.
Six different Team USA players scored double digits as they blew away their opponent by 47 points. Forward and Baltimore native son Carmelo Anthony and center/forward Kevin Love both came off the bench to lead the way with 16 points scored each. Forward Kevin Durant followed with 13 points while rookie front court player Anthony Davis added 12. Guard Russell Westbrook also scored 11 points, coming in from the pine.
Unlike Team USA’s last opponent, France, Tunisia’s roster has no notable National Basketball Association players. Makram Ben Romdhane led Tunisia with a strong effort of 22 points, but the rest of the team was simply outmatched.
Team USA pulled most of its high-profiled starters from the game before halftime and by the time most of them returned to the floor later in the third quarter, the backups had already run away with the lead. USA had a 46-33 advantage at the end of the first half, and led by 67-36 late in the third.
”That was a great lift, man. That’s the best thing about this team, there’s no drop off,” Durant said. ”We’ve got All-Stars off the bench. Those guys did a great job for us.”
USA will return to Olympic action on Aug. 2 to against Nigeria.