Warming up: USA routs Venezuela in Olympic Games basketball tune-up

Kyrie Irving and Klay Thompson each scored 13 points in front of a crowd of 20,578 at the United Centre in Chicago

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 30 July, 2016, 2:04pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 30 July, 2016, 2:04pm

Kyrie Irving scored 13 points as the USA improved to 4-0 in their run-up to the Olympic Games with an 80-45 exhibition win over Venezuela on Friday.

Klay Thompson also scored 13 points for the Americans, who cruised to victory despite shooting 42.4 per cent, below the 49.8 per cent averaged over their first three tune-up games.

They also committed 13 turnovers in the game in front of a crowd of 20,578 at the United Centre in Chicago.

DeMarcus Cousins tallied seven points and 12 rebounds, while Kevin Durant made three-of-nine and finished with nine points.

The USA led 13-12 well into the first quarter before breaking the game open with a 12-0 surge. They then closed the half with eight unanswered points.

Venezuela’s John Cox led all scorers with 14 points, including 12 in the first half.

Venezuela was unable to take advantage of some spotty shooting by the Americans and shot just 21.9 per cent in the opening 20 minutes, and 23.9 overall.

Cox, the son of former NBA player Chubby Cox, made six-of-12 from the field and had two steals.

Irving was the lone US player in double figures in the first half.

The Americans built their lead to 56-31 at the end of three quarters, out rebounding Venezuela 54-29.

The USA will play their final exhibition game on Monday in Houston against Nigeria before heading to Brazil, where they face China on August 6.