Carmelo Anthony led the Americans in scoring with 19 points and added five rebounds. Kyle Lowry finished with eight points, eight rebounds and a game high 11 assists starting in place of Kyrie Irving who was out with a left thigh contusion.
Thompson finished with 17 points while his new teammate with Golden State Kevin Durant added 14. DeAndre Jordan was a rebound shy of a double-double scoring 10 points.
Nigeria kept the game close in the early stages including pulling the game top within a point at 13-12 with three minutes remaining in the first period. The United States would follow up with a 14-2 run led by Klay Thompson’s eight points in the quarter to take a 27-14 lead after the first 10 minutes.
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Neither Irving or Paul George played in Monday’s exhibition finale. With some of the injuries and with Monday being the final game before traveling to Brazil, USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski wanted to try some different line-ups.
Nigeria, who has been a solid three-point shooting team in previous games, was just 4-for-29 (13.8%) which lead to the increased separation for the majority of the game for Team USA.