Yes you read the headline correctly. Lithuania almost beat Team USA basketball. The final score being, 99-94. This comes on the heel of Team USA mighty victory over Nigeria. We have all been expecting the toughest competition for Team USA to come from Spain but I guess we counted Lithuania out too soon.
And the guy on the Lithuania who gave them a run for their money was none other than the Toronto Raptors, Linas Kleiza. Yes a member of the Raptors actually challenged Team USA. He scored 25 points for Lithuania. It was clear that Lithuania was not going down without a fight they scored 58.5% from the floor and had 38 field goals. USA had 13 assists compared to Lithuana’s 21 assists. A team that contains the some of the best players in the NBA finished a game with just 13 assists.
Thank goodness LeBron James was there to save the day. He scored 9 of the final 12 points in the last four minutes of the game. And shot 4 for 5 from the field, ending with 20 points. Carmelo Anthony also had 20 points for Team USA.
There is some tough competition coming up for the US if they take on Russia. So nobody get too comfortable.