Tyrese Haliburton’s Team USA beat’s Andrew Nembhard’s Team Canada


Pacers guards Tyrese Haliburton and Andrew Nembhard both got extended minutes as the second-unit point guards for their respective national teams in an Olympic warm-up game on Wednesday night in Las Vegas. Both made positive impacts, though they scored just two points between them.

Haliburton’s Team USA claimed the victory, beating Canada 86-72 after a slow start to the game. Haliburton acknowledged from the time that he was selected that distribution would be his role as opposed to scoring. The two-time All-Star and third-team All-NBA pick dished out a team-high six assists against zero turnovers. He also grabbed four rebounds and a team-high four steals and recorded a block. He played 20 minutes and took just four shots, making one to finish with two points. The Americans were +17 when Haliburton was on the floor which was the best plus-minus of any player.

Nembhard played 16 minutes and guarded Haliburton extensively, keeping him from scoring in his minutes. He just missed several open shots, finishing 0 of 5 from the floor, but he recorded a rebound, an assist and a steal and also helped Canada score an early bucket by chasing down a loose ball and pushing it ahead.

Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards led Team USA with 13 points. Warriors guard Stephen Curry had 12 points and Celtics guard Jrue Holiday had 11. Lakers center Anthony Davis had 10 points and 11 rebounds.

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