Anthony Davis nets seven points in USA exhibition romp

by Jim Eichenhofer

By his recent lofty standards, Anthony Davis compiled a quiet game Wednesday, scoring seven points in Team USA’s 105-62 exhibition win against the Dominican Republic. What makes the American offensive attack potent, however, is that even after several notable player withdrawals, including Kevin Durant and Kevin Love, it shouldn’t need Davis to put up prolific numbers every game.

Four days after putting on a show with 20 points and seven rebounds Saturday vs. Brazil, Davis and his USA teammates couldn’t quite connect on a few exchanges with the ball at Madison Square Garden, partly leading to a pedestrian stat line. Davis opened the game’s scoring with an 18-foot jumper just 12 seconds into the first quarter, but managed two more baskets the rest of the way, on a half-hook and a mid-range baseline jumper. Davis finished 3-for-6 from the field.

Team USA led by 22 at halftime and expanded its advantage to 80-45 by the end of the third quarter. The American squad is back in action Friday in an exhibition game vs. Puerto Rico. Friday’s game will also be played at Madison Square Garden and feature a 6 p.m. Central tip-off.