Team USA took the first win in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup by defeating Brazil in Chicago on Saturday night (August 16), 95-78.
Things kicked off with the return of Derrick Rose, who made his first return to the court since a devastating knee injury last November. He was the last player introduced as fans ceremoniously rang out in chants of “MVP” and sign waving with the words “BULLIEVE” written proudly. After a nearly 30 second standing ovation, the NBA star thanked USA Basketball for bringing the game to Chicago, which continues to struggle with crime and poverty.
In the second quarter, Rose scored 7 points in 24 minutes of play. He also received a cut from a Brazilian defender and had to leave game for a bit, but quickly returned.
Pelicans big man Anthony Davis was the breakout star of the evening, finishing with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks, while throwing down an alley-oop and even a crowd dive. It was his first time playing in his hometown of Chicago since joining the NBA.
“It was great. You know, I haven’t played here since I’ve been in the NBA. To step on this floor, actually play and get a win as well… It’s amazing,” Davis said.
Team USA heads to New York on Sunday (Aug. 17) to continue training for the World Cup. Their next game will be against Finland is on August 30 at 3:30 P.M. EST.