Three-pointer after three-pointer lifted Team USA’s men’s basketball team to victory and eased the concerns of Americans. The men’s team finally did what they do best in their 120-66 win over Iran: take advantage of being open and play solid defense throughout the entire game. 

They came out aggressive in the first quarter with something to prove after snapping a 17-year winning streak in Olympic play in their opener against France. Damian Lillard and Kevin Durant helped the team score six from deep and string along points while also holding Iran to 12 points in the first. 

A strong opening was exciting for fans but even more exciting for those in Boston who got to see Celtics All-star Jayson Tatum come off the bench at the end of the first. JT found his spot on the court over the next three quarters and added his name to the list of players who collectively scored 19 beyond the arc. Tatum finished the game with 14 points. 

The Boston forward’s performance was among other outstanding outings; Devin Booker collected 16, Lillard led with 21, and Durant inched his way five points closer to Carmelo Anthony’s record for the U.S. men’s basketball all-time Olympic scoring record. 

USA’s game against Iran proved they can bring intensity in every quarter, doubling up their opponents at the half and in the fourth. Their 54-point win should give them and fans confidence heading into their next game against the Czech Republic on July 31st at 8:00 a.m. ET.

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