“Team USA Dominates Spain in Exhibition Matchup” (World Cup basketball)

In a crucial showdown on Sunday, the U.S. World Cup basketball team faced its first major challenge of the summer. Jalen Brunson emerged as the star of the game, showcasing a perfect shooting performance, hitting all nine of his attempts from the field to contribute an impressive 21 points. Jaren Jackson Jr. also played a key role, adding 14 points to the board. The U.S. managed to pull away from Spain in the fourth quarter, securing a 98-88 victory in a pre-World Cup exhibition match that featured two of the tournament favorites. Notably, Spain holds the top ranking in the FIBA world rankings, while the U.S. holds the second spot.

The American team displayed exceptional shooting accuracy, posting a remarkable 67% overall shooting percentage. Their prowess extended to both 2-pointers (71%) and 3-pointers (56%), while they managed to limit Spain to a 42% shooting efficiency.

With this win, the U.S. continued their successful run in the pre-World Cup tour, maintaining an undefeated record of 3-0. They have showcased their offensive dominance by averaging 101.3 points across these three games against Puerto Rico (117-74), Slovenia (92-62), and Spain. The average margin of victory in these matches has been an impressive 27.7 points.

Entering the final quarter with a narrow 73-72 lead, the U.S. team secured their advantage with a late-game surge, scoring seven consecutive points to extend their lead to 97-84.

Tyrese Haliburton demonstrated his playmaking abilities off the bench, tallying an impressive 12 assists in under 22 minutes of play. This marked his second double-digit assist performance of the summer. Mikal Bridges contributed 12 points, while Brandon Ingram, Austin Reaves, and Anthony Edwards each chipped in 11 points.

Spain’s Santi Aldama led their scoring with 14 points, followed by Willy Hernangomez with 13 points, Alex Abrines with 12, and Juancho Hernangomez with 11.

The U.S. team is set to depart for Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Monday, gearing up for their final two pre-World Cup matchups against Greece and Germany over the upcoming weekend. The highly anticipated World Cup is scheduled to kick off on August 25th across the Philippines, Indonesia, and Japan. The U.S. team will begin their World Cup campaign on August 26th.

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