Despite leading the Brazilian National team with 16 points Saturday in Chicago, San Antonio Spurs center Tiago Splitter and Brazil couldn’t hold off the offensive fire power and depth of the United States National team in a 95-78 exhibition loss for the South Americans.
In the first half, the U.S. only led by eight points going into halftime, but in the second half, the United States’ depth and multiple weapons on the offensive end, especially in the fast break, led to a victory for the U.S.
Early on, Splitter was productive quickly for Brazil, as he scored six of the team’s first eight points. He scored in his normal fashion like he does with San Antonio during the regular season – scoring off the pick-and-roll, and using up-and-under moves around the rim. Splitter did have an impressive dunk in the first half, as he split a double-team for the two handed slam.
Up next for Splitter and Brazil, a trip to Slovenia, where they’ll face Lithuania in a an exhibition match on Thursday.
Spurs restricted free agent center Aron Baynes and Australia grabbed a victory Saturday as well, in a 97-75 win over the Philippines. In 22 minutes of play, Baynes scored 15 points (6-of-12 shooting), grabbed three rebounds, totaled four assists, and blocked two shots.
Baynes will face Spurs forward Boris Diaw and the French National team on Sunday in France.
(Splitter GIF found here)