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Kyrie Irving, Team USA Kick Off Exhibition Play with 111-74 Win Over Argentina

USA Men’s Basketball took the court for their first exhibition match on Friday night in Las Vegas, crushing Argentina 111-74.

Newly acquired Golden State Warrior Kevin Durant led the way with 23 points, followed by Paul George with 18, and Carmelo Anthony’s 17.

Manu Ginobli scored 11 points and Luis Scola put up 10 points for Argentina.

Cleveland Cavalier and NBA champion Kyrie Irving scored nine points, dished out six assists, and grabbed four rebounds in just under 22 minutes of play.

Irving, 24, is the second-youngest of the 12 players on the roster, just a couple months older than Harrison Barnes, but has already proven that he can play at the highest of levels on the biggest of stages.

Kyle Lowry is the only other point guard on the roster so there will be plenty of minutes available for Irving to continue to impress underneath the global spotlight in Rio.

Team USA’s first Olympic match is August 6 against China, but between now and then, they will play four more exhibition games, the next of which comes on July 24 against China in Los Angeles.

Irving is the only current member of the Cavaliers playing in the Olympics, but former-Cavalier Matthew Dellavedova is representing Australia.

Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio. Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games.

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