Former UT basketball star and current Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant posted his first double-double of the 2012 London Olympics yesterday, scoring 13 points and grabbing a team-high 10 rebounds.
His effort fueled Team USA to a 110-63 victory over Tunisia, bringing the team’s record to a tidy 2-0 in preliminary round play.
Durant shot 4-of-10 from the field, making one three-point shot and shooting a perfect 4-of-4 from the free-throw line. He rounded out his totals with 5 assists and a steal.
Durant and Team USA resume action on Thursday, Aug. 2 at 4:15 p.m. CST against Nigeria, who will enter the contest with a 1-1 record.
The team will go on to play Lithuania at 8:30 a.m. CST on Saturday, Aug. 4. The preliminary round will conclude with a match against Argentina at 4:15 p.m. CST on Monday, Aug. 6.
The top four teams from each of the two preliminary groups will advance to the knockout stage, to be held on Aug. 8. The winners of the knockout stage will then advance to the semifinals on Aug. 10. The medal games concluding the tournament will take place on Aug. 12.
Team USA is heavily favored to win gold—and so far, they’re living up to the hype.
Durant prepares to score during Team USA’s Olympic matchup against France on July 29—a game the Americans won 98-71. Photo via Johnny Ross on Flickr.
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