Prior to the start of the Tokyo Olympics, the U.S. men’s basketball team fell to Australia in an exhibition game despite being favored to win by double-digits. Now the Americans have a chance to avenge that loss.
Team USA will face Australia in the semifinal round of the 2021 Olympic tournament on Thursday with a spot in the gold-medal game on the line. Kevin Durant has led the way for Team USA, averaging 18.0 points per game on 54.2 percent shooting from the field. Patty Mills, who is reportedly set to sign with the Nets and become Durant’s NBA teammate next season, has been terrific for Australia, posting 20.8 points per game while shooting 41.7 percent from 3-point range.
Can Durant and the Americans stay on the path to the gold medal? Or will Mills and the Australians pull off another upset?
Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights from the United States vs. Australia men’s basketball game at the 2021 Olympics. Follow along right here.
USA vs. Australia score
USA vs. Australia live updates, highlights from 2021 Olympics
(All times Eastern)
Halftime: Australia 45, USA 42
1 a.m. — Team USA chops down the deficit with a 14-4 run to end the half. The Americans are lucky to only be down three heading into the locker room.
12:55 a.m. — After 10 consecutive misses, Devin Booker drains Team USA’s first 3-pointer of the game.
12:50 a.m. — Oh my. Team USA is down 15 points midway through the second quarter. The Australians are just outplaying the Americans on both ends of the floor.
12:40 a.m. — Chris Goulding is heating up off the bench for Australia. He’s got eight points in less than five minutes of action.
Terrible, miserable transition defense. Nobody picks up the ball, gets right into the paint and Goulding hits his second three in a row. U.S needs to figure this out quick. pic.twitter.com/T1gjFSWraO
— Rayan ريان (@rayanelamine15) August 5, 2021
End of first quarter: Australia 24, USA 18
12:35 a.m. — Kevin Durant has eight of Team USA’s first 16 points.
12:25 a.m. — Both teams are struggling offensively in the opening minutes. Team USA and Australia have shot a combined 4 of 15 from the field.
12:20 a.m. — Joe Ingles comes out firing, hitting his first two 3-point attempts.
12:15 a.m. — The starters for each team…
- USA: Damian Lillard, Jrue Holiday, Devin Booker, Kevin Durant, Bam Adebayo
- Australia: Patty Mills, Matthew Dellavedova, Joe Ingles, Jock Landale, Nick Kay
How to watch USA Olympic basketball games
- Time: 12:15 a.m. ET | 9:15 p.m. PT
- TV channel: N/A live on cable
- Live stream: Peacock
The USA vs. Australia men’s basketball game won’t be broadcast live on cable television. Peacock, NBC’s streaming service, is the only place to watch the live action at 12:15 a.m. ET on Thursday. NBCSN is scheduled to air a replay of the 2021 Olympic semifinals at 11 p.m. ET on Thursday.
Men’s Olympic basketball schedule 2021
(All times Eastern)
|United States vs. Australia||12:15 a.m.|
|Slovenia vs. France||7 a.m.|
|Gold-medal game||10:30 p.m.|
|Bronze-medal game||7 a.m.|