Mitchell Has Emphatic Slam Dunk, Leads Team USA To Victory
SHANGHAI, China – Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell had an impressive two-handed slam dunk on his way to leading Team USA to an 88-67 win Sunday morning against the Czech Republic.
Mitchell had the basketball near halfcourt, split two defenders, and rose up to pack the highlight-reel jam.
The dunk was two of Mitchell’s 16 points, which led USA Basketball to victory in their first game of the FIBA World Cup.
The high-flying slam came with 4:36 left in the opening game of round play with the USA up 81-57.
The jam had the Czech Republic defenders singing lines from the 1960s Spider-Man theme song, “Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a spider can. Spins a web any size, catches thieves just like flies. Look out, here comes the Spider-Man.”
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Mitchell led Team USA in scoring on 63.6% shooting in the route. He also had two rebounds, two assists, and a steal.
He also led the United States in minutes played with 25:18.
The Czech Republic was led by Washington Wizards guard Tomas Satoransky’s 17 points in the loss.
Group E Roundup
The United States and the Czech Republic are members of Group E in the World Cup tournament. The other members are Turkey and Japan.
With wins in their first games, the USA and Turkey now lead the group.
Up next for Team USA is a match against Turkey on Tuesday, September 3 at 6:30 a.m. (MDT). The game is available on ESPN+.
The 2019 FIBA World Cup takes place in China and runs until September 15.