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    Kemba Walker scores 23 as Team USA blows past Australia in World Cup tuneup

    Aug 22, 2019
    PHOTO: AP

    MELBOURNE, Australia — Kemba Walker scored 23 points and Myles Turner added 15 to give Team USA a 102-86 win over Australia on Thursday in a World Cup warm-up game.

    The attendance at Marvel Stadium, which normally hosts football, cricket and Australian rules football, was 51,218, billed as the largest crowd ever to watch a basketball game in Australia. The stadium was transformed into a make-shift basketball arena for two games against the Americans before the World Cup starts this month in China.

    After Australia briefly took the lead at 45-44 early in the second half, the Americans scored 13 unanswered points, including three straight three-pointers by Turner, Harrison Barnes and Donovan Mitchell, to go up 57-45.

    Patty Mills and Chris Goulding scored 19 points each for Australia.

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