What started out as an expected blowout didn't really seem that way for much of the first half. Tunisia was within five points late in the first half until Team USA stopped joshing around and got into business mode to blowout Tunisia 110-63.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski was displeased with how his starters performed, putting out the reserves to start the second half. Carmelo Anthony, Deron Williams, Russel Westbrook, Kevin Love and Andre Iguodala launched into a 21-3 run to start the third quarter to erase any doubt.
Tunisia put up a constant hussle for loose balls that left Coach K shaking his head as he walked towards the locker room at halftime. The U.S. missed all eight three-point shots in the first before Anthony hit one to open the second quarter. Overall the Americans shot 77% on two-pointers in the first half, but only hit 2 of 12 three-point shots.
Plenty of highlight reel dunks flowed for the Americans against the eventually overwhelmed Tunisia team. Anthony and Love led the U.S. team with 16 points.