User ID
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Betting Tools

Davis, US beat Slovenia in exhibition

LAS PALMAS, Canary Islands (AP) - Mike Krzyzewski's big men had barely finished pushing around Slovenia when he was asked how they would match up with Spain's imposing frontcourt.

''I'm not going to compare. I haven't seen Spain play,'' Krzyzewski said. ''If we play Spain, it's a long way away. So I'm just concentrating on U.S. and trying to get better.''

There's plenty of time, but his big guys are looking pretty good so far.

Anthony Davis scored 18 points and teamed with Kenneth Faried to dominate the inside, leading the U.S. national team to a 101-71 victory over Slovenia on Tuesday in its final exhibition game before the FIBA World Cup of Basketball.

Faried finished with 14 points for the Americans, who next head to Bilbao, Spain, for their tournament opener Saturday against Finland. The defending world champions also will face Turkey, New Zealand, the Dominican Republic and Ukraine in pool play.

A matchup with Spain, and its big men of Pau Gasol, Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka, wouldn't come until the gold-medal game on Sept. 14 in Madrid. The Americans picked a bigger team than usual after years of playing small, perhaps with Spain in mind, and appear capable of looking eye-to-eye with anyone.

''We just try to make sure that whatever we do, we do together, because we know it's going to be tough in the tournament,'' Davis said.

The Americans weren't particularly impressive throughout the last of their four warmup games, their first since picking their final 12-man roster on Saturday. But they were aggressive, with Davis and Faried wearing out the Slovenians - and even hooking up on a rare big-to-big alley-oop when Davis threw down Faried's lob pass for a 65-39 lead midway through the third quarter.

Kyrie Irving added 13 points while starting at point guard for the Americans ahead of Derrick Rose, and they played together at times. Rose had three points. Rudy Gay and Klay Thompson each scored 11.

The U.S. missed five of its first six free-throw attempts but got plenty more chances, finishing 29 of 46 at the line. Slovenia was just 10 of 17.

Phoenix Suns star Goran Dragic had only six points on 3-of-11 shooting as one of the many Slovenians saddled with foul problems. His brother, Zoran, led Slovenia with 16 points.

Slovenia will remain here to play in Group D, along with Lithuania, Angola, Australia, Mexico and Korea. The teams could meet again if both reach the knockout round, as Groups C and D are on the same side of the bracket and advance to Barcelona.

The U.S. led by six after one quarter, and then scored the first 10 of the second to open a 34-18 lead against the Slovenians, who struggled to go consecutive possessions without fouling. The lead was cut to 46-35 by halftime but the Americans quickly reopened a big cushion in the second half.

Slovenia was coming off a victory over Lithuania, which had been rolling through its exhibition schedule, but couldn't stay with the Americans, who had six players in double figures.

''We have high, high goals and I really ask for my players to win every game,'' Slovenia coach Jure Zdovc said. ''Tonight I was hoping that we can and I believe that we can play better and to make better resistance against the team of United States.''

There were elaborate pregame and halftime entertainment performances inside a lively Gran Canaria Arena, with enough costumes, dancers and acrobats to fill a circus routine. The game itself wasn't quite as pretty, the frequency of the fouls occasionally preventing much of a flow.

But the Americans worked through that with a superior effort by their big men, who consistently worked to keep balls alive on offense and contest shots on the other end, getting the U.S. guards out for fast breaks.

The U.S. finished with a 50-22 advantage in points in the paint.

The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2016
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

News: 2016-17 MVP Betting Odds
News: 2017 Finals Matchup Odds
Davis back, scores 33 in Pels' exhibition
LeBron, Cavs start season as champs
76ers' Brand announces retirement
Wade, Rondo bring intrigue to Bulls
Magic ready to make run at playoffs
Lin gets chance to lead Brooklyn rebuild
Knicks anxious to get PG Rose back
Why Buy Picks From
NBA Pro Basketball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NBA Pro Basketball Expert Sports Picks
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Paul Bovi + 3344
Chip Chirimbes + 2359
Kevin Rogers + 2258
Last 7 Day Leaders
Handicapper Money
No Games Last 7 Days  
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Paul Bovi 59 %
Greg Smith 57 %
Marc Lawrence 55 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Paul Bovi + 1899
Jimmy Boyd + 1029
Stephen Nover + 839
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 2612
Paul Bovi + 1349
NeiltheGreek + 553
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Kevin Rogers + 2846
Paul Bovi + 1160
Mark Franco + 1113
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership