Tyrese Haliburton
(NBAE/Getty Images)

Haliburton Helps United States Win Group with Rout of Jordan

Tyrese Haliburton and the United States men's national team cruised past Jordan on Wednesday in the Philippines in a 110-62 rout that secured a perfect 3-0 record in the preliminary group round of the 2023 FIBA World Cup.

Haliburton led the USA in minutes despite coming off the bench, playing 21:14. The Pacers' All-Star point guard finished with six points on 2-of-3 3-point shooting, a team-high six assists, four rebounds, and one steal.

Four players reached double figures for the Americans, led by Timberwolves forward Anthony Edwards, who tallied 22 points and eight rebounds. Bucks forward Bobby Portis scored 13 points, Grizzlies big man Jaren Jackson Jr. added 12, and Knicks guard Jalen Brunson tallied 10.

Knicks guard Josh Hart was the only one of the 12 American players to not score at least five points, finishing with two, but he also pulled down a team-best 12 rebounds.

Former NBA forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson led Jordan with 20 points and seven rebounds.

After going 3-0 in Group C, the United States will advance to the second round, where the USA and Greece (the runner-up in Group C) will be placed in a new group with Lithuania and Montenegro (the first and second-place teams in Group D).

The USA will play Montenegro on Friday and Lithuania on Sunday, while Greece plays Lithuania on Friday and Montenegro on Sunday. All of the teams' initial records carry over to this round and two teams with the best record after Sunday will advance to the quarterfinals, which begin on Tuesday.

Germany, which features Pacers center Daniel Theis, also won its initial group to advance to the second round. Germany faces All-NBA guard Luka Doncic and Slovenia on Friday and former Pacer Goga Bitadze and Georgia on Sunday.