Team USA led by just one point, 22-21, after the first quarter before winning the next two quarters by a combined 26 points.
Just how good was the former Longhorn? Kevin Durant led Team USA in time played (27:54) points (22), three-pointers (three), three-point percentage (60), free throws and free throws attempted (7-of-7), blocked shots (two) and tied for the lead in steals (two) and fouls drawn (four). He could have had even more points, but Durant passed up a few open shots to look for teammates.
Still, on a roster that features a number of excellent passers, Durant has a fantastic shot to lead the team in scoring, and see a number of open shots, as Team USA pushes toward the gold.
The Americans return to the court against Tunisia at 4:15 p.m. Central on Tuesday, July 31 and then face Nigeria at 4:15 p.m. Central on Thursday, Aug. 2. Team USA meets Lithuania at 8:30 a.m. Central on Saturday, Aug. 4 before concluding preliminary round play against Argentina at 4:15 p.m. Central on Monday, Aug. 6.
The top four teams from each Olympic preliminary round group will advance to the Aug. 8 quarterfinals, with the winners playing in the semifinals on Aug. 10 and the medal games on Aug. 12.