The United States was back on track to win a fourth consecutive gold medal in the Olympic men’s basketball competition on Wednesday, with a 54-point victory over Iran thanks to a series of three-pointers to turn the page on Sunday’s disappointing loss to France.
And Damilan Lillard scored 6 three-pointers in the first half to lead the United States 60-30.
Lillard, who plays with the Portland Trail Blazers in the NBA, finished the game with 21 points, Kevin Durant finished the game with 10 points, acquired 5 balls, and provided 5 assists, and the United States scored 19 three-pointers to achieve a 120-66 victory.
This victory will ease concerns about the US team after the shock defeat by France on Sunday, which was the first loss at the Olympics since 2004 and only the sixth in the history of the competition.
The United States will play the Czech Republic on Saturday, while Iran will face its rival France on the same day.