The Boomers have sent a message to everyone in Rio that they are the real deal after a close loss to USA 98-88.
In the first loss for the Boomers in Rio, they didn’t go down without a fight, leading 54-49 at halftime and were up 72-70 early in the fourth quarter.
It was Carmelo Anthony who saved the Americans, picking up 31 points with nine three-pointers, proving the difference in the Group A clash. San Antonio Spurs point guard Patty Mills top-scored for the Aussies, netting 30 points of his own. Matthew Dellavedova ended the game with a double-double in 11 points, 11 assists and six rebounds, while Andrew Bogut picked up 15 points and three assists.
— Lauren Jackson (@laurenej15) August 10, 2016
Despite the mammoth performance, Bogut expressed his disappointment from the loss. “We had every opportunity to push that game … we still lost the game, it doesn’t mean anything. “I know people are proud of us and we’re not supposed to beat these guys … but we believe we can beat them and we lost the game.” – Jarvis Small.
Photo of Kyrie Irving going for a shot over Andrew Bogut from the NBA Australia Twitter feed.