Team USA saw an early scare from Omer Asik and Turkey in their second game of the 2014 FIBA World Cup. With the score tied at 16-16 after one quarter, Turkey actually went on to take a halftime lead, 40-35.
USA leaned a little too heavy on the 3-point shot early on, going 1-of-8 from beyond the arc in the first quarter. In the end, though, they went to what works best, beating the ball inside, getting out on transition and hounding the ball on defense.
Behind 56 points in the paint, 17 steals to just 12 turnovers and a 26-4 thrashing in fast break points, Team USA beat Turkey, 98-77. Omer Asik had 8 points and 6 rebounds for Turkey, who 46 percent form the floor and just 9-of-24 from the three-point line.
Team USA is now 2-0 in the tournament, with their next game being Tuesday, September 2, against New Zealand.
Kenneth Faried led the way for the USA with 22 points on 11-of-14 shooting, while Anthony Davis went for 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting. USA ended the game shooting 53 percent from the floor and 8-of-22 from the three-point line. They also only shot 12-of-19 from the free-throw line.
Mason Plumlee played a shade under four minutes, posting all zeros across the board -- no shot attempts, no rebounds, no blocks, no nothing.
We'll do this again on Tuesday night at 5:30 PM EST.
- Team USA vs. Turkey - Final - Box Score - FIBA.com