Durant was beyond electric for the U.S. in the gold medal game against Turkey. He had 20 points in the first half and finished with seven 3s. He set a record for most points total at the Worlds with 205, beating the previous mark by 23.
Russell Westbrook was nearly equally important finishing with 13 points, six rebounds and three assists in the gold medal game. For the tournament, Westbrook played a role and played it extremely well. He was the energizer off the bench and gave the U.S. a much-needed punch a few times. For the tourney, he averaged 9.1 points per game, was third in assists (2.5 a game) and played pretty terrific defense.
For the Thunder duo, they contributed over half of Team USA’s total points in the last three games. They were excellent and other than the awesome (and most important) fact that they get to bring hom a gold medal to put in their house, they also built some confidence and some momentum for this Thunder season.
Now get some rest boys. Training camp in two weeks.