USAB Men's National Team vs. Australia Boomers Team Exhibition

Kemba Walker

Kemba Walker

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) released a statement this week saying it was "aware of refunds being made to consumers for the USA Basketball games ... in Melbourne and Sydney on 22, 24 and 26 August" but it was yet to demand promoters issue refunds.

"We are looking to build and grow", said Australia's Mills.

After Australia briefly took the lead at 45-44 early in the second half, the Americans scored 13 unanswered points, including three straight 3-pointers by Turner, Harrison Barnes and the Jazz's Donovan Mitchell, to go up 57-45. "I think they are one of the top contenders without a doubt".

"It's great so many basketball fans came out to support it but it's a footy stadium", he told the Herald Sun. Neither is on the team.

We knew there would be a few San Antonio Spurs facing off in today's game between Team USA and Australia as Gregg Popovich led his squad down under to face Patty Mills and the Boomers.

At that stage the superstars were possibly playing but once the National Basketball Association season finished they began to withdraw to focus on the next National Basketball Association season while others like Kevin Durant were injured.

The crowd produced only a smattering of applause for American baskets.

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Due to the World Cup's bracket structure, Australia and the US wouldn't face each other in China until the quarterfinal stage at the earliest; a showdown in the final is possible.

The win was the 78th in a row in major global exhibitions and competition for the United States national team, a streak that started with the bronze medal game of the 2006 world championships.

It also made the US 2-0 under coach Gregg Popovich, after last weekend's exhibition win in California over Spain.

Smart has been limited in training camp due to a calf injury, but his nomination as captain certainly is a tremendous nod to the leadership abilities of the guard.

Jayson Tatum got knocked over by a defender in the third quarter and tumbled backward somewhat awkwardly - the back of his head falling into Walker's knee.

The two teams will meet again on Friday.

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