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Kevin Durant Propels Team USA’s Rout of Czech Republic

Durant finished with 23 points on 8-of-11 shooting, became the all-time leading American scorer in the Olympics, and lead the squad to a 119-84 victory over the Czech Republic.

The Czechs had gotten off to a strong start, making eight of their first 11 shots and building a 10-point lead. But Durant led a charge to overtake them, his 3-pointer in the second quarter giving the U.S. the lead for good.

Team USA shot 62 percent from the field and 48 percent from three. Their shooting, combined with some tenacious defense (15 forced turnovers), proved to be too much for the Czech Republic to overcome. 

Along with his 23 points, Durant also put up eight rebounds and six assists. He was masterful in the third quarter, scoring 10 points with four assists.

It was also a slump-breaker evening for Jayson Tatum, who had his best game of the summer with 27 points and five 3-pointers.

After losing their first game to France, the U.S. has won its last two games by a combined 89 points, and the team appears poised to make a real run at gold. The Americans will have the No. 4 seed and are likely to play either Italy or the loser of Sunday’s game between Spain and Luka Doncic-led Slovenia.

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