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Cousins big on boards, small on points in Team USA win over Venezuela

USA’s DeMar DeRozan goes up for a dunk during the second half of an exhibition game against Venezuela on Friday, July 29, 2016, at the United Center in Chicago.
USA’s DeMar DeRozan goes up for a dunk during the second half of an exhibition game against Venezuela on Friday, July 29, 2016, at the United Center in Chicago. The Associated Press

Here’s a statistical look at the U.S. men’s basketball team’s 80-45 victory over Venezuela in an exhibition Friday at the United Center in Chicago.

3: Players that reached double figures in scoring. Venezuela guard John Cox had a game-high 14 points.

3: Turnovers by DeMarcus Cousins, a team high. The Americans had 13 turnovers compared to 19 by Venezuela.

8: Free-throw attempts by Cousins, a game high. He made five free throws and finished with seven points, a low for him in this exhibition tour, in 16:31 of playing time.

10: Shot attempts by Carmelo Anthony and Klay Thompson, tying for the team high. Thompson shot 50 percent, Anthony 20.

12: Rebounds by Cousins, a game high. He had four offensive rebounds. It’s the third time in four games Cousins has reached double figures on the glass. His best performance was 15 in the opener against Argentina.

13: Points scored apiece by Thompson and Kyrie Irving, tying for the team high. Thompson made 3 of 7 three-point attempts.

45: Points scored by Venezuela, the fewest by an American exhibition opponent this year. Team USA’s previous best defensive efforts came when it held China to 57 points in back-to-back victories last week.

80: Points scored by Team USA, the fewest of their exhibition slate thus far. The Americans’ previous low their 106-57 win over China on July 24.

View the complete box score.

Compiled by Jon Schultz

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