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Joe Harris scores 8 points, hits 2-of-4 three’s as Team USA advances, beating Brazil

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Team USA officially qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Monday -- and advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2019 FIBA World Cup -- by beating Brazil, 89-73, in Shenzen, China. Joe Harris, starting once again, played 24 minutes, scored eight points and shot 50 percent from the 3-point line. He was +16 in +/- for the game, second on the team.

It was the Americans’ fifth straight win. They will play France on Wednesday. The USA will likely face tournament favorite Serbia if they get by France.

The United States officially qualified for the men’s tournament at the 2020 Olympics -- and advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2019 FIBA World Cup -- with Monday’s 89-73 win over Brazil in Shenzen.

Harris is now averaging 8.2 pints, 4.8 rebounds and 56 percent shooting from long range hitting 9-of-16 shots over five games. He’s averaging 20 minutes per game as well. He told reporters that the team, which barely escaped Turkey last week, was building its chemistry.’

“I think we’re starting to get more familiar with one another,” said Harris. “I think you see it every game where the ball really moves a lot offensively, and then you’re sacrificing for one another defensively.”

Harris also said France, with a bevy of NBA and Euroleague stars, is a big threat to the U.S.

“Just in terms of getting up and down more. Guys that can make plays individually like (Evan) Fournier. You put him in a pick-and-roll setting, and he can make plays for himself or for other guys. They have spot-up shooters, guys that have played in the league a long time. (Nicolas) Batum, even (Nando) DeColo. DeColo’s an NBA-caliber player; he just played overseas for a while. They have a lot of guys that are solid players over there.”

Gregg Popovich, Team USA’s head coach, said he was proud the US was among seven qualifiers coming out of the World Cup.

“We’re thrilled that we qualified for the Olympics,” said Popovich. “With this new situation of qualifying, you don’t want to have to do that every year. So it’s a pretty big grind,”