After a shaky first half, the United States went on a tremendous second half run to defeat Tunisia 110-63 in the second game of pool play for both teams.
Entering Tuesday evening's contest at Basketball Arena, Mike Krzyzewski's USA squad was favored by 55 points over FIBA Africa champion Tunisia. However, the red, white and blue looked anything but in the first 20 minutes of action.
Against the best starting five on Earth, Tunisia cranked up the intensity and energy level, which Kobe Bryant and Co. seemingly couldn't respond to. Krzyzewski countered by making a hockey-style substitution, pulling all five starters nearly midway through the first quarter.
The second unit, lead by Carmelo Anthony, brought the pressure that has become a trademark of this United States squad. Anthony, who was lethal as usual from the international three-point line, sparked a run that gave the USA a 46-33 halftime lead, after having led by only six through the first 10 minutes of the contest.
Following the halftime break, USA strayed from settling for contested jumpers and attacked the paint, which was the scouting report against Tunisia from the start.
Anthony Davis, the No. 1 overall pick in this summer's NBA Draft, was a key cog for the Americans in the second half, converting a number of acrobatic alley-oop dunks against an overmatched Tunisia front line.
Along with Davis, Kevin Love was able to stretch the Tunisia defense by drifting to the perimeter and presenting his dangerous ability to knock down the three ball. Love and Anthony each chipped in 16 points, leading the USA to a blowout second half that pushed the Americans to a 47-point lead late in the fourth quarter.
Team USA will have Wednesday off for a day of rest, before taking on Nigeria on Thursday evening at 5 P.M. EST.