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Team USA still winless after Australia loss, Damian Lillard scores team-high

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Team USA has fallen to 0-2 in exhibition play ahead of the Olympics in Tokyo this summer.

Yes, winless.

Despite a team-high 22 points from Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard, Team USA was bested for the second game in a row, this time to Australia 91-83 in Las Vegas, NV. 

It's the first time Team USA has lost back-to-back exhibition games since 1992 when professionals were allowed to represent the red, white and blue. 

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Australia closed the game on a 9-1 run after being tied with the Americans at 82 with less than four minutes remaining.

Lillard finished with 22 points, four rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 30 minutes while shooting 8-15 from the field, 6-11 from behind the three-point line. 16 of his 22 points came in the first half.

Former Trail Blazers and current San Antonio Spurs point guard Patty Mills led Australia with 22 points in 30 minutes, doing so against his NBA head coach Gregg Popovich.

The Spurs head coach fell to 9-5 as head coach of Team USA. His predecessor, Mike Krzyzewski, was 75-1 in the same position.  

Heading into 2021, the Americans were 54-2 in exhibition games dating back to 1992. The 2021 roster has dropped to 0-2. 

Team USA is missing likely key contributors Devin Booker, Khris Middleton, and Jrue Holiday as they play in the NBA Finals, but the current roster still has more talent than any competing team. The last two performances have been embarrassing. 

 

The latest loss comes with three more exhibition games remaining, starting with a game against Argentina on July 13th at 3:00 p.m. PT on NBC Sports Network.