The sellout crowd of 21,309 at the United Center in Chicago couldn’t have been happier after watching Team USA beat Brazil 95-78 on Saturday. The US victory and final score was nice but watching Chicago native Anthony Davis dominate with 20 points, 8 rebounds, 5 blocks and a few nice dunks and hustle plays was great.
“It was big to come in here and play that well as a team,” Davis said. “The fans supported us and it was nice to hear it, but the best part was that we gave them something to cheer about throughout the game.”
“Anthony played great for us,” said Derrick Rose. “And when you see him diving, hustling and throwing himself all over to make a play, that’s really something. I’m so happy for him to contribute like that. It means a lot for this team.”
It also meant a lot to the fans to see Chicago Bull Derrick Rose who looked like the explosive guard Bulls fans have been waiting years for the return of. Yes he did miss 2 dunks but his buzzer-beater, left-handed crossover in the 3rd and the speed he was moving at throughout the whole game made his 7 points seem like twice as much.
“I guess people want me to do it every time,” Rose said. “I just saw an opening and I went for it. It was just me playing the way that I play. This is big for the city and for USA Basketball.”
James Harden had 18 points (11 at the line) and Kenneth Faried was solid with 11 points and 9 rebounds. For Brazil, Tiago Splitter led the team with 16 points but the only memorable play with him in it involved him getting dunked on by Anthony Davis.