Team USA clinched a spot in the quarterfinals of the FIBA World Cup match against Greece with a 69-53 win.
Marcus Smart was tasked with defending reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokoumpo. Guarding Antetokoumpo, Smart helped limit Greece to 53 points.
The NBA’s defensive matchup data shows that Smart has defended Antetokoumpo on 54 possessions over the past two seasons.
Tempers flared between Giannis Antetokounmpo and his NBA counterparts at the end of the game.
With 1:40 left to play, Thanasis Antetokounmpo hit Harrison Barnes, who had a free dunk from behind. Barnes was sent to the floor and a common foul was called to play.
Barnes was not injured during the foul, but later said, “The game was over, probably a frustration play. Apologies only go so far. If I don’t get up and something would’ve happened, apologies aren’t going to help us in the next game. Luckily, everything is good.”
Jayden Brown and Giannis exchanged words that escalated so that referees and coaches came to break up their argument.