Team USA took care of business in its first exhibition game against Australia. The rematch, however, didn’t go exactly as planned.
In a twist of irony, Australia’s Patty Mills, who also plays for Gregg Popovich’s San Antonio Spurs, closed out Team USA by scoring 13 of his game-high 30 points in the fourth quarter. Mills secured the stunning win by hitting a number of tough shots in the final three minutes for the Boomers.
Team USA will look to rebound on Monday morning when it takes on Canada in the final exhibition game before the start of the FIBA World Cup in China.
The team also finalized its roster on Saturday after the Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma would be unlikely to play in the tournament due to a left ankle injury. Champions in both 2010 and 2014, Team USA will be attempting to become the first team to ever three-peat at the World Cup. .
Below is the official roster of the 2019 U.S. World Cup team:
Team USA exhibition schedule
All times Eastern
Friday, Aug. 9
Team Blue 97, Team White 78 ( )
Friday, Aug. 16
Team USA 90, Spain 81 ( )
Thursday, Aug. 22
Team USA 102, Australia 86 ( )
Saturday, Aug. 24
Australia 98, Team USA 94 ( )
Monday, Aug. 26
Team USA vs. Canada, 5:30 a.m. (NBA TV)
Team USA World Cup schedule
Team USA is in Group E for pool play, along with the Czech Republic, Japan and Turkey. They will play each team one time, with the top-two teams in the group advancing to the second round.
All times U.S./Eastern
Sunday, Sept. 1
First round: Team USA vs. Czech Republic, 8:30 a.m. (ESPN+)
Tuesday, Sept. 3
First round: Team USA vs. Turkey, 8:30 a.m. (ESPN+)
Thursday, Sept. 5
First round: Team USA vs. Japan, 8:30 a.m. (ESPN+)