5 Key Points from USA's World Cup Victory Over Jordan

Edwards' prowess drives USA to an emphatic victory over Jordan

by Zain ul Abedin
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5 Key Points from USA's World Cup Victory Over Jordan
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The basketball world witnessed a masterclass from Anthony Edwards as Team USA dominated Jordan 110-62 in the latest round of Group Play at the FIBA World Cup. Playing in Manila's iconic Mall of Asia Arena, this victory rounds off Team USA's impressive 3-0 streak.

Leading the offensive onslaught, Edwards put up a remarkable 22 points in merely 19 minutes, making a statement that he's not here to play but to dominate. The game had Team USA's stamp all over it, starting off with a commanding 31-12 lead in the first quarter, and at one point, leading by a staggering 50 points.

The Jordanians were no pushovers, though. They showcased their spirit and skill, led by former NBA player Rondae Hollis-Jefferson who contributed 20 points, but ultimately, Team USA's firepower was too much.

Five Takeaways from the USA-Jordan Showdown:

1.

Anthony Edwards – The Mainstay: After satisfactory performances against New Zealand and Greece, Edwards proved why Coach Steve Kerr regards him as “the guy”. In a stellar matchup against Hollis-Jefferson, Edwards delivered 22 points, eight rebounds, and four assists in a mere 19 minutes.

A highlight? His windmill dunk in the third quarter, sending the fans and social media into a frenzy. 2. Shuffling the Deck – Ingram and Hart: Coach Kerr introduced a tactical change, bringing Josh Hart into the starting lineup and relegating Brandon Ingram to the bench.

Hart, known for his all-around game, didn't disappoint with 12 rebounds and three assists. Meanwhile, Ingram seemed more at ease leading the second unit, racking up seven points and five assists. 3. Starters Bring Their A-game: While Team USA's bench has been impressive, the starters displayed unmatched cohesion and energy against Jordan.

Along with Edwards’ standout performance, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Jalen Brunson were pivotal, combining for 23 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists. 4. Hollis-Jefferson’s NBA Audition: This World Cup has reminded everyone of Hollis-Jefferson's capabilities.

Despite being out of the NBA since 2021, he's been a revelation for Jordan, and his performance against a team of NBA stars might just be the nudge NBA scouts and coaches need to give him another shot in the league. 5. Up Next – Montenegro: With a ticket to the next phase already in hand, Team USA's next challenge is Montenegro.

This game is pivotal not just for the win but to build team synergy and experiment before the knockout stages. With a 3-0 record and a cumulative winning margin of over 100 points, Team USA looks set for the challenges ahead.

As Team USA embarks on the next leg of their journey, it's evident that under Kerr's leadership, they've struck the right balance between experimentation and execution. The goal remains clear: to emerge as World Cup champions. Given their current form and trajectory, that goal seems well within reach.

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