- In an Olympic exhibition game in Las Vegas past Saturday, Nigeria stunned an NBA stacked US basketball team, with a 90-87 win
The shocking defeat was Team USA’s first-ever loss to an African country. Previously they had floored Nigeria 156-73 in August 2012 at the London Olympics.
Nigeria featured six NBA players and are coached by former NBA head coach and current Golden State Warriors assistant Mike Brown.
The Nigerian side defeated a Team USA starting five of Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal, Jayson Tatum, Kevin Durant and Bam Adebayo. Gabe Vincent, who averaged 4.8 points in 13.1 minutes per game for the Miami Heat this past season, led all scorers with 21 points and made six 3-pointers for Nigeria. Durant scored 17 points and Tatum had 15 for Team USA.
“It just goes to show that we have to play better,” Tatum said.
Other NBA players included in the Nigerian team are, Precious Achiuwa and KZ Okpala of the Miami Heat, Chimezie Metu (Sacramento), Josh Okogie (Minnesota) and Miye Oni (Utah).
“I thought that the Nigerian team played very physically, did a great job in that regard and knocked down a lot of 3s,” US coach Gregg Popovich stated. “Give them credit.”
Team USA plays its second exhibition game against Australia on Monday.
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