The U.S. dispatched a tough Lithuanian squad without too much trouble, winning 120-84.Â This is a significant win.Â Unlike Turkey, which is a bit off stride lately, Lithuania is a perennial FIBA power. Beating them by 34 is imposing.Â The U.S. could have done a better job shutting off the three point shot - Lithuania hit 54.5% - but Kobe Bryant completely annoyed former Maryland star Sarunas Jasikevicius, limiting him to 2-8 shooting.
The U.S. held Lithuania to 41% overall and had 16 steals.Â Lithuania actually outrebounded the U.S., 39-37.Â The U.S. shot 64% for the game.Â The sore thumb?Â Free throws.Â Didn't matter in this game, but the U.S. actually shot higher from the floor than from the line (61.9%).Â In a close game, that's very dangerous.
In many ways, the statistical profile of the game will remind Duke fans of a Duke game.
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