Its been a summer of change for USA Basketball and there were still making adjustments heading into Friday's exhibition game against Brazil. Team USA quieted some of its doubters with a hard fought 95-78 win at the United Center in Chicago.
Team USA led by just five points heading into the fourth quarter but outscored Brazil 27-15 over the final 10 minutes of action. Anthony Davis led the way with 20 points while James Harden added 18. Kenneth Faried got the start at power forward and finished with 11 points and nine rebounds. Tiago Splitter led Brazil with 16 points.
Derrick Rose joined Stephen Curry in the starting backcourt and dazzled the United Center crowd going coast-to-coast to end the first half with a floater to give Team USA a 45-37 lead at the half.
Klay Thompson played 24 minutes off the bench and finished with 10 points. Rudy Gay, Kyrie Irving and Mason Plumlee also played significant minutes off the bench. Atlanta's Kyle Korver played just over three minutes and finished 0-1 from the floor. Damian Lillard and Chandler Parsons also saw limited minutes in the win.
DeMarcus Cousins sat out due to a knee injury while DeMar DeRozan, Andre Drummond and Gordon Hayward all received DNP-CD's.