Anthony Edwards scored a game-high 22 points and added eight rebounds as every USA player scored in a 110-62 victory over Jordan at the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
With the win, the USA clinched Group C and now moves on to the second round, which starts Friday.
Josh Hart recorded 12 rebounds, Bobby Portis had 13 points, Jalen Brunson contributed 10 points and four rebounds and Jaren Jackson Jr. had 12 points and six assists.
Walker Kessler, Paolo Banchero and Austin Reaves each had eight points in the win, while Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, the only player on Jordan’s roster with NBA experience, led his team with 20 points.
The Americans glided through their first three contests in this redemption World Cup. USA finished seventh in this competition in 2019, its worst placing ever in the World Cup.
Jordan, Greece and New Zealand could not stop Team USA, who averaged 106 points across the three victories.
USA are -125 to win the World Cup, with the other countries in their second-round group Lithuania (+2500), Montenegro (+4000) and Group C runners-up Greece (+4000).
Team USA was able to look forward to its next game against Montenegro and empty the bench early as it led Jordan by 19 after one quarter and never looked back.
USA plays Montenegro on Friday, Sept. 1 in Manila in the Philippines, followed by Lithuania on Sunday, Sept. 3, also in Manila.
The problem with betting on any USA player to win a scoring, rebounding or assists title in many international tournaments is how much the team spreads the wealth with playing time, especially in these early pool play games against lesser opponents.
Edwards is currently listed at +1200 to win the World Cup scoring title, with Banchero at +2000 and Brunson at +2500. After pool play,
Edwards leads the team at 16.3 points a game, which is tied for 26th in the tournament.
Jackson is the current favorite to lead Team USA in blocks during the tournament.
He is currently listed at -158. He and Kessler have five blocks through three games, which is one off the tournament lead.
Austin Reaves and Tyrese Haliburton have the tied for the best odds to lead Team USA in total steals at +200.