The U.S. National Team won its opening game of the 2010 FIBA World Championship with a 106-78 win over Croatia at the Abdi Ipekci Arena in Turkey. Defense was the key to Team USA’s first victory of the 2010 World Championship. Croatia is one of the teams that is expected to advance to the medal rounds of the 2010 FIBA World Championship.
Croatia used a slow paced game at the start that kept the game close in the first quarter. However, Team USA went down to business in the second quarter by showing its might on defense and turn Croatia’s errors into points to start the rout. Croatia was held down to just six points in their 18 possessions of the second quarter.
The Americans shot 12-for-30 (40 percent) from 3-point range, as they got better offense compared with any of their exhibition games. Team USA also limited their turnovers, that created opportunities for their shooters. Eric Gordon, LA Clippers’ guard, led team USA by shooting 6-for-8 from the field and 4-for-6 from 3-point range for a total of 16 points.
Team USA’s head coach is Mike Krzyzewski.
In their second game, Team USA will face Slovenia.