‘Them Boys Out There Cooking’: Steph Curry, Bradley Beal & Others React to Team USA’s Brilliant Comeback Win vs Australia in Tokyo Olympics

Published 08/05/2021, 2:20 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Basketball – Men – Semifinal – United States v Australia – Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan – August 5, 2021. Draymond Green of the United States and Edrice Adebayo of the United States celebrate after the match REUTERS/Brian Snyder


Once Team USA lost its Olympic opener, hopes of clinching their fourth gold seemed like a distant reality. Before this, they had lost two exhibition games as well and winning against elite teams like Spain seemed far-fetched. But the USA wasn’t the same after defeating France. They were able to get back on their feet and even got past their Spaniard rivals in the quarterfinals.

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But the worst was yet to come. Their dreaded Australian opponents, who made them taste the dust in the exhibition games, were going to be their matchups in the semifinals. Team USA was looking for nothing more than just revenge for the humiliation they had to face and succeeded in doing so as they defeated the Boomers 97-78.

Team USA heading towards Tokyo Olympic finals

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The tables turned very quickly for Australia. They were holding onto a tight double-digit lead until Kevin Durant started making some tough baskets and closed in on them. The USA was down by 10 points well into the second, but by halftime, they were behind by 3 points only.

And then USA got their first lead in the third quarter, with Jrue Holiday’s jumper. They outscored Australia 32-10 in the third as they finally were able to hit some three’s from the arc. Without hitting a single three, Durant was just terrific.

At one point in the fourth, the USA had a 20 point lead that would have been near impossible for the Aussies to recover from. Here is what the NBA Twitter world has to say about the Americans advancing one step closer to capturing their fourth consecutive gold.

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Devin Booker: The game-changer

As mentioned, Durant was no different from the other games. He continued to lead the team with his stellar scoring and finished the night with 23 points. But it was Devin Booker who stole the show with 20 points of his own. Other than them, Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton were the ones who contributed in double digits, 11 points each.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Basketball – Men – Semifinal – United States v Australia – Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan – August 5, 2021. Dante Exum of Australia in action with Edrice Adebayo of the United States and Kevin Durant of the United States Pool via REUTERS/Gregory Shamus

Unfortunately for Australia, Patty Mills could not keep up with the superstar roster. And now the USA is heading towards the finals. The team they will be facing will be either France or Slovenia. Both are teams they should be scared of. One on hand, France has defeated them in the opener, and on the other, there is Luka Doncic.

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Do you think team USA’s luck is going to run out now? Or will they be wearing another gold around their necks by the end of all this?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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