Anthony Davis scores double figures in win vs. Puerto Rico

by Jim Eichenhofer
@Jim_Eichenhofer

For the second straight game this week, Anthony Davis played less than half of a 40-minute friendly for USA Basketball on Friday. But with roster cuts imminent and Davis a lock to make the squad, the national team was able to take a longer look at a few players on the roster bubble.

Davis, a first-time All-Star for the New Orleans Pelicans in 2013-14, finished with 10 points, five rebounds and three blocks in Team USA’s 112-86 exhibition victory over Puerto Rico. The 21-year-old logged slightly less than 20 minutes at Madison Square Garden, but fellow big men such as DeMarcus Cousins and Mason Plumlee were given a final chance to impress the USA coaching staff. The team must trim its roster to 12 players by next weekend, when the FIBA World Cup begins in Spain.

Davis played the first 5:31 of the first quarter Friday, but was forced to the sideline with two personal fouls (FIBA rules allow only five fouls, not the NBA’s limit of six). Prior to his first-quarter exit, he scored an early basket on a putback dunk off a missed layup by Kyrie Irving. He added two free throws in the second quarter, then turned a pair of and-one third-quarter layups into five more points. Davis reached double figures in scoring with a free throw in the fourth quarter, with the Americans leading 96-73.

Over Team USA’s three exhibition games so far, Davis has totaled 10 blocks, including five rejections on Saturday against Brazil. The Americans will face Slovenia on Tuesday (1 p.m. Central, ESPN2).