Stephen Curry has not shot well during his first World Cup, but the Golden State Bombardier got hot against Mexico, shooting 6-10 overall and 7-9 from behind the line to lead the U.S to victory, 86 -63.Klay Thompson had 15 while James Harden added 12.
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Mexico handled the U.S. pressure fairly well, turning the ball over just 15 times. The U.S. actually had more at 16.
But the U.S. again choked off a three point attack, allowing the Mexicans to hit just 4-16. The math there is obvious; they also shot 38.9% overall.
The U.S. by contrast hit 13 threes (13-29/44.8%) and shot 34-73 for 46.6%.
Not that it matters much in this game, but the U.S. was 5-5 from the line while Mexico was 3-8.
By the way, this was the first subpar game for both Anthony Davis and Kenneth Faried as the big men finished with four and eight points respectively.
Faried did get eight boards while Davis grabbed six and had three blocks.
Probably the best news is that the U.S. didn't have a slow start as has happened several times in this tournament.
With the win, the U.S. moves on to face Slovenia again after that team knocked out the Dominican Republic.
Also departing: Croatia after losing to France, 69-64.
After the game, Coach K said this: "For a few games I think our perimeter guys were just really trying to get Anthony off because we had not looked for him and the pendulum went too far, where we're looking at that too much. And today it's swinging more into the middle, and if we get that balance then we'll be a very good -- we think we are a good offensive team -- but we can be an outstanding offensive team if we get that balance."
- Box Score
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Check out the image at the bottom of the last link. We're guessing Spain hasn't forgotten.