The Sixers' Andre Iguodala had five points, six rebounds, two assists and three steals in 29 minutes as Team USA beat Lithuania, 77-61, in a tuneup for the World Championships yesterday in Madrid, Spain.
Kevin Durant led all scorer with 15 points, while Rudy Gay had 14 and Russell Westbrook added 12.
The Americans struggled early, shooting 3-for-21 in the first quarter. Three minutes into the third quarter Durant hit a turnaround jumper to give the U.S. its first lead of the game, 36-34.
The U.S. took the lead for good at 50-49, with 2:29 remaining in the quarter on a Danny Granger drive that started a 17-0 run and put the game away.
Here are some postgame comments from Iguodala:
Thoughts on the game?
I think it was good for us to have some adversity and see how we respond to it. We didn’t panic. Usually you panic and the other team builds the lead. We cut it down little by little which is how we need to play. We try to wear them out a little bit. Russell Westbrook was great for us tonight. He came in and set the tone for us with energy and from there we took off. So it was a good win.
Was there anything that surprised you about the game?
It was a little physical. They let those guys play so we got to know we have to win playing their game. It makes us focus in a little bit more.
Thoughts on the team defense?
We just have to communicate as a team. Individually I feel comfortable out there and shutting down the guys. In order for us to win, we have to be good defensively collectively. We got to communicate.
Looking forward to today's game vs. Spain?
Very excited about tomorrow night. It should be fun.