Australia cause upset against Lithuania while USA win again…
Day 4 of the FIBA World Cup 2014 produced its fair share of upsets, great plays and memorable moments as Team USA marched on to make it three wins in three games.
While it was business as usual for the Americans with their win over New Zealand, Australia picked up the biggest result of the day after they stunned Lithuania.
The Boomers were tipped to make an impression at the tournament with their aggressive style of basketball and high energy, and it proved too much for the third favourites for the FIBA World Cup as they surrendered to a 82-75 loss.
Forward Joe Ingles’ form thus far through the group stage has reportedly earned him interest from several NBA teams, and it will be interesting to see how he performs further in the tournament with the pressure building.
Nevertheless, there were few problems for the Americans, although they did have a slight scare before tip-off judging from their reactions to the ‘Haka’ performed by the ‘Tall Blacks’.
Houston Rockets guard James Harden was particularly spooked by the whole situation with many commenting on social media after, but it didn’t affect the performance on the court thereafter as Anthony Davis had 21 points and nine rebounds to lead the way.
Kenneth Faried added 15 points and 11 boards as Team USA extend their unbeaten start to the tournament with three wins in three games as they move closer to securing a spot in the Round of 16 which will take them to Barcelona over the weekend.
Angola 55-79 Mexico
Ukraine 64-58 Turkey
Australia 82-75 Lithuania
USA 98-71 New Zealand
Korea 72-89 Slovenia
Finland 68-74 Dominican Republic