Athens, Greece The United States breezed to one last exhibition victory before the start of the world basketball championships, not that coach Mike Krzyzewski seemed to care.
He’s just happy that his group brimming with youthful exuberance is ready to play.
“The score doesn’t really matter. It was just an exhibition game,” Krzyzewski said after an 87-59 blowout of defending silver medalist Greece on Wednesday. “I’m happy we had the chance to play a great team, in a great atmosphere.”
Eric Gordon scored 18 points to pace the Americans, who led from start to finish against a Greece team playing for the first time since a brawl near the end of an exhibition game against Serbia turned the focus of the upcoming world championships away from the court.
The incident happened during the Acropolis tournament last week, and officials from the international basketball federation FIBA are still reviewing details. Any sanctions are expected to be announced before the worlds begin Saturday in Turkey.
The U.S. team, which is missing many of the stars who helped win Olympic gold two years ago, used superior quickness to disrupt Greece’s ball movement and clog passing lanes. Greece wound up turning the ball over 24 times and was outrebounded 53-25, including 30-7 in the second half, when the game was largely decided.