Team USA qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and headed to the FIBA World Cup quarterfinals with an 89-73 victory Monday against Brazil in Shenzhen, China.
The Americans will face France on Wednesday in Dongguan, with the winner meeting either Argentina or Serbia in the semifinals.
Myles Turner and Kemba Walker each scored 16 points to lead Team USA, which shot 52.2 percent from the field and had more steals (11) than turnovers (10).
The game was knotted at 33 midway through the second quarter before the U.S. pulled away for good with an 8-0 run.
Marcus Smart’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter gave the Americans a 67-56 lead and they led by as many as 21 points in the final frame.
Jaylen Brown added 11 points, Harrison Barnes had 10 and Smart and Khris Middleton each scored nine. Jayson Tatum remained on the sidelines with an ankle injury.
Vitor Benite scored a game-high 21 points for Brazil, with Anderson Varejao and Leandrinho Barbosa each scoring 14 points.
Brazil shot 43.1 percent from the field and just 26.3 percent (5 of 19) from 3-point range while committing 15 turnovers.
Team USA clinched a spot in next summer’s Olympics in Japan by finishing as the top-ranked team from the Americas during group competition.
Argentina faces Serbia and Spain takes on Poland in Tuesday’s quarterfinal action, while Australia meets the Czech Republic in Wednesday’s other quarterfinal.
–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)