Durant Double-Double Paces USA

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Posted Jul 31, 2012


For the past season, Kevin Durant has worked to prove that he's more than just a scorer.

And on Tuesday, two days after dropping a team-high 22 points in a win against France in Team USA's Olympic opener, Durant put together an all-round effort that the most balanced players would be proud of. In Team USA's 110-63 romp over Tunisia, Durant continued his scoring ways, putting up 13 points — third-best on the team behind the 16 point games of Kevin Love and Carmelo Anthony.

But he added to that performance with a team-high 10 rebounds (Tyson Chandler was second with six) and tied for second on the squad (with Andre Igoudala and behind Chris Paul) in assists with five. Out of Durant's 10 boards, eight were on the defensive end.

Through two games, Durant leads Team USA with a scoring average of 17.5 points per contest. That's good for eighth-best in the Olympics thus far.

Team USA was favored by a whopping 55 points, but was somewhat sluggish in the early going, leading by six after the first quarter and holding a 46-33 margin at halftime. But they came together in a masterful third quarter, outscoring the Tunisians by 25 points, 39-14, to put the game out of reach.

Team USA is now 2-0 in Pool A play, and will play Nigeria at 4:15 Central on Thursday. The schedule gets considerably tougher after that point, with the Americans playing Lithuania on Sautrday and Argentina on Monday to wrap up pool play.

After two games, the USA is the only undefeated country left in Group A. Argentina defeated Lithuania, but lost to France. Lithuania beat Nigeria, but lost to Argentina. France lost the opener to the USA, but won its second game against Argentina. And Nigeria won a four-point game over Tunisia in its opener before losing to Lithuania. Tunisia is the lone team without a win thus far in Pool A play.

In Pool B, three teams — Russia, Spain and Brazil — are undefeated, while the other three — Australia, Great Britain and China — have yet to win a contest.

The top four teams from each pool will advance to the quarterfinals, set to start on Aug. 8.



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