Team USA secures another win in exhibition play as they defeat China, 119-73. The team played well against China who was without Yao Ming. Lebron James was the high scorer with 22 points. Magic man Dwight Howard played 13 minutes, grabbing 4 boards and contributing 2 points. Team USA was up by 23 at halftime and just overwhelmed China with their up-tempo play in the second half.
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Magic guard Carlos Arroyo kept Puerto Rico close in the first quarter, but the depth of Team USA was too much as the Americans win 114-69. Arroyo finished with 16 points and 2 assists in 25 minutes of play. The big story of the night for Magic was Dwight Howard. Howard easily showed why he belongs on Team USA and why he is the future of the Magic franchise. In only 12 minutes of play, Howard pulled down 10 rebounds (double of any other player) and scored 5 points. Howard looked good in his first national team appearance with solid rebounding and a couple monster dunks. The next exhibition game will be Monday night, August 7th at 9:30pm on ESPN2. Team USA will be traveling to China today and playing the host on Monday night. They play Brazil the next day in a non-televized event - that is, unless you have NBA TV.
Dwight Howard made the final cut for Team USA today. Howard is one of four players that measure 6'10" or better and is listed as a forward/center. I would imagine Howard will be able to log solid minutes at the center position with Amare Stoudemire still questionable for the upcoming FIBA World Championship games in August.
Team USA takes another game and wins easily over home team Puerto Rico. Tracy McGrady was dressed for the game and early reports are that he did start. I guess someone out there is listening to my prayers. The final score was 91-65. Tracy McGrady finished with 6 points and 2 rebounds.
Team USA cruised to a victory over Canada 117-71 in the first game of the second round for the U.S. team. Tracy McGracy did not play because of a sore back. Allen Iverson led the way with a record breaking 28 points on 10-13 shooting, 7-8 from three point range. Next up, Argentina at 5pm on Tuesday, August 26th.