Kyrie Irving Re-Creates Famed Clutch Finals Shot to Down Threatening Australia

Bryan Brandom
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Consider Team USA men's basketball finally challenged.

After sleepwalking through their Olympic tune-ups and then through their initial games against China and Venezuela, Carmelo Anthony and Co. finally got themselves a wakeup call in the form of a Matthew Dellavedova-hucked boomerang to the head.

Squaring off with Australia—which starts five NBA players and has two former NBAers come off their bench—in their third game of group play, Team USA went into halftime with a 54-49 deficit, their first since 2004, when they took home likely the most shameful bronze medal ever to adorn an athlete's neck.

But despite terrible shooting nights from the likes of Kevin Durant (4-of-16) and Klay Thompson (2-of-9), Team USA completed the comeback thanks to two familiar faces—Anthony, who overtook LeBron James as the nation's all-time leading Olympic scorer, and Kyrie Irving, who re-created his famed sideway stepback three-point dagger that iced the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals to effectively put the Aussies away.


After the game, Draymond Green noted the shot was all too familiar.

Irving scored 12 in the fourth quarter to finish with 19 points and five assists. Anthony, the New York Knicks star, led all scorers with 31, and 14 of his also came in the deciding period of the 98-88 victory.

On the other side, San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills got loose for the Boomers, scoring 30 points on 11-of-22 shooting. Delly, the former Cleveland Cavaliers guard who this summer signed with the Milwaukee Bucks, dished 11 assists to go with 11 points. Andrew Bogut, who signed with the Dallas Mavericks after four seasons with the Warriors, scored 15 and blocked three shots.


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