There’s a 16-hour time difference between Tokyo and Portland, so when the Group A match between the United States and Iran tipped off at 12:40 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, folks back on the west coast were furiously trying to find a stream of the game at 9:40 p.m. Tuesday night.
Damian Lillard made it worth the trouble.
The Oakland native playing, in the second game of his first Olympics, made six three-pointers in 13 first-half minutes as the United States defeated Iran 120-66 in group play at the 2021 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.
“I think we came out with a lot more urgency,” said Lillard. “Our energy was higher, we played at a faster pace, we was more aggressive and we played like ourselves. We didn’t come out here and think that it was just going to happen, we made it happen. That’s the way that we’ve got to play if we want to be successful in the Olympics.”
The United States is now 1-1 in Group A with one game remaining versus Czech Republic. The tournaments comprised of three groups of four teams, with the top two teams from each group advancing to the quarterfinals. The two best third-place teams will also advance to the knockout round.
There was little doubt that Team USA would come out motivated versus Iran after having a 25-game winning streak in the Olympics snapped with an 83-76 loss to France in their first…