Men’s Olympic Basketball Review: Team USA passes Iran; Germany holds out against Nigeria

Damian Lillard from Team USA (right) goes to the shot against Mohammadsina Vahedi from Team Iran.

Group A: USA 120, Iran 66

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Team USA overtook Team Iran and improved to 1-1 in Group A. Trail Blazers Guard Damian Lillard led all scorers with 21 points in 7-of-13 shooting from 3-point distance. Every Team USA player scored one goal and five more joined Lillard in double digits.

Hamed Haddadi and Mohammad Jamshidijafarabadi both scored 14 points for Iran.

The precious Achiuwa from Team Nigeria (left) goes to the shot against Danilo Barthel from Team Germany.

Group B: Germany 99, Nigeria 92

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Germany secured their first victory at the Tokyo Games with a 99:92 win over Nigeria. Five German players scored double digits, led by Johannes Voigtmann’s 19 points. Orlando Magic Center Moritz Wagner added 17 points.

Germany improved in Group B to 1: 1. Nigeria fell to 0-2.

Bucks striker Jordan Nwora led Nigeria with a game high of 33 points and 7 rebounds.

Patty Mills from Australia faces Italy.

Group B: Australia 86, Italy 83

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Australia held Italy 86-83 in a fantastic back and forth competition that went to the extreme.

San Antonio Spurs Guard Patty Mills was brilliant again for the Aussies, scoring 16 points and collecting 5 assists. Striker Jock Landale was the team’s high score with 18 points.

Simone Fontecchio led Italy with 22 points. Golden State Warriors guard Nico Mannion added 21 points and 7 assists.

Italy lost despite falling 50% off the field as a team (33-for-66).

Australia were 2-0 ahead of Group B while the Italians lost 1-1. On July 31, the Aussies will face Germany, Italy face Nigeria.

The action will continue on Wednesday at 8 a.m. with the Czech Republic-France.

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