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Anthony Edwards, Group USA Beat Slovenia Forward of FIBA World Cup with Luka Dončić Out

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIAugust 12, 2023Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty ImagesThe United States men’s basketball team defeated a Slovenia squad missing Luka Dončić by a score of 92-62 on Saturday in an exhibition game en route to the FIBA World Cup.Anthony Edwards led the United States with 15 points and three steals, while Jalen Brunson added

Anthony Edwards, Group USA Beat Slovenia Forward of FIBA World Cup with Luka Dončić Out

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIAugust 12, 2023

MALAGA, SPAIN - AUGUST 12: Anthony Edwards #10 of the USA Men's National Basketball Team high fives Jalen Brunson #11 of the USA Men's National Basketball Team during the game against Slovenia on August 12, 2023 at Palacio de Deportes Jose Maria Martin Carpena in Malaga, Spain. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2023 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The US males’s basketball group defeated a Slovenia squad lacking Luka Dončić by a rating of 92-62 on Saturday in an exhibition recreation en path to the FIBA World Cup.

Anthony Edwards led the USA with 15 factors and three steals, whereas Jalen Brunson added 11 factors and eight assists. The 2 related within the second quarter when Brunson threw a cross off the backcourt to Edwards, who completed with the slam.

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9 People scored seven or extra factors, and 4 in whole discovered themselves in double digits after Austin Reaves and Tyrese Haliburton every posted 10 factors.

Gregor Glas paced Slovenia with 14 factors.

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The US received out to a 47-31 halftime lead and led by double digits for the rest of the sport.

Nonetheless, Slovenia performed a powerful second half and went back-and-forth with the USA for a lot of the ultimate 20 minutes. However USA closed the sport on a dominant 20-4 run for the 30-point win.

Group USA notably struggled from past the three-point arc (9-of-33) and did not get to the free throw line a lot (5-of-6) on an evening the place the offense sputtered at occasions. Nonetheless, the protection excelled towards the Dončić-less Slovenia group, serving to power 18 turnovers.

The US is in the midst of a five-game exhibition sequence (the 2023 USA Basketball Showcase) earlier than its FIBA World Cup look begins on Aug. 26 towards New Zealand in group play.

USA already defeated Puerto Rico 117-74 on Monday. The People will now tackle Spain on Sunday earlier than going through Greece on Friday and Germany on Sunday, Aug. 20.

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