The U.S. Men’s National Team improved to 3-0 in pool play at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup with a 98-71 win Tuesday over New Zealand in Spain.
While the U.S. trailed at halftime of their last game against Turkey, the team got off to a much stronger start against New Zealand, opening a 57-35 lead at halftime and cruising the rest of the way.
Five players scored in double figures for the U.S., led by Anthony Davis with 21 points. Kenneth Faried continued his strong play, scoring 15 points and leading the team with 11 rebounds. James Harden had 13 points, while Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson both hit a pair of three-pointers and finished with 12 each.
“We wanted to come out with an intensity that other teams can’t match,” Kyrie Irving said.
New Zealand fell to 0-3, having suffered losses to Turkey (76-73) and Dominican Republic (76-63).
The U.S. meets Dominican Republic Wednesday (3:30 p.m., ESPN2). On Thursday, the Americans close out pool play with an 11:30 a.m. meeting with Ukraine.
The USA sits atop of the World Cup Group C standings at 3-0. Their three victories in the preliminary round have been by an average margin of 35.7 points a game.