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Boston Celtics Team Shamrock shines in 102-86 win over Australia

The Boston Celtics Marcus Smart did not play, but his three teammates truly shined in Team USA's 102-84 win over a determined Australia crew. Kemba Walker atarted the game once again and played a team-high 23 minutes, while putting up a team-high 23 points and grabbing six rebounds. No one apparently told the Australian Boomers that this was merely exhibition. The game was in doubt for the first two-and-a-half quarters.

The Aussies went on a 12-2 run to close the first half with a score of 44-43 in favor of the Yanks. Then things turned around with 2:10 left in the third quarter when the Boston Celtics Team Shamrock , along with Donovan Mitchell, took over. Team USA went on a 10-0 run, resulting in a 54-45 score and a nine point lead for the Americans.

The fourth quarter saw Team USA broaden the margin. Myles Turner was a powerhouse throughout the game, finishing with 15 points and 14 rebounds. Jaylen Brown, who started the game with Walker, played point guard on a few possessions, bringing the ball upcourt. He ended with 11 points, six rebounds and one beauty of a block on Patty Mills:



Jayson Tatum finished the game with 11 points, three rebounds and four (yes, four) assists. The assist-number would have been higher had his USA teammates been able to finish on a few of his passes. Jayson's lob pass to Jaylen was notable for its perfection but also for the anoouncer calling the play a "nightmare" for the one Aussie defender trying to stop it.



Patty Mills and Chris Goulding each scored 19 points for Australia, but Team USA's 48% shooting on field goals and 43% on 3-pointers was too much to counter. USA will face the Boomers once again on Saturday.

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