American basketball players, who were preparing for the Tokyo Olympics, lost in a friendly match in Las Vegas against Nigeria 87:90. This is the first defeat for the Americans with the African team.
Nigerians, who include many NBA players, are led by the famous coach of several teams of this league – Mike Brown. The hero of the match was Gabe Vincent (Miami Heat), who threw 21 points for the guests, hitting an example. Six times to three.
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The home team’s best player was Kevin Durant (Brooklyn Nets), scoring 17 points.
“I’m almost happy with what happened,” American coach Gregg Popovich commented sarcastically. He explained that Nigerians have been training since June, and he has only gathered his students for four days. “It is not the end of the world,” he added.
At the 2012 London Olympics, the Americans beat Nigeria 156: 73. The US team won a total of 15 of 19 Olympic titles (they did not compete in Moscow in 1980), and suffered their last defeat in 2004 in Athens, where they won only a bronze medal.
At the 2019 World Championships in China, the Americans took only seventh place.
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