The American basketball players, who were preparing for the Tokyo Olympics, lost to Nigeria 87:90 in a friendly match in Las Vegas. This was the first defeat the Americans faced with the African team.
The Nigerians, who include many players from the NBA, are led by the legendary coach of several teams in this league – Mike Brown. Man of the match Cape Vincent (Miami Heat) threw 21 points for the guests, e.g. Six times for three.
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The hosts’ best player was Kevin Durant (Brooklyn Nets) – he scored 17 points.
“I’m almost happy with what happened,” said American coach Greg Popovich. He explained that the Nigerians had been training since June and had not brought his students together until four days ago. “This is not the end of the world,” he added.
At the 2012 London Olympics, the Americans beat Nigeria 156: 73. The American team won a total of 15 of the 19 Olympics (they did not compete in Moscow in 1980), and last lost in Athens in 2004, where they won only a bronze medal.
At the 2019 World Championships in China, the Americans finished only seventh.
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