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Nigeria’s basketball team D’Tigers beat Team USA in pre-Olympics clash

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In one of the most stunning international upsets in history, Nigeria defeated Team USA 90-87 at home in Las Vegas, USA, on Saturday.

D’Tigers’ win shocked the basketball world, as the Nigerian squad, which has seven current NBA players, becomes the first African nation to defeat Team USA in a basketball game.

According to ESPN: “Coming into the game the Americans had been 54-2 in exhibition games since professionals started playing in 1992, and just nine years ago beat Nigeria by 83 points.”

Against Nigeria, the Trail Blazers star guard was featured in the starting lineup alongside Bradley Beal, Jayson Tatum, Kevin Durant and Bam Adebayo.

In the end, Nigeria’s relentless pace and three-point shooting was too much for Team USA.

Nigeria made 20 of 42 3-pointers and racked up 21 assists while passing its way through Team USA rotations.

Gabe Vincent, who plays for the Miami Heat and is known as Gabe Nnamdi when representing Nigeria, ended with 21 points on 6-of-8 3-point shooting.

Caleb Agada, who now plays in the Israeli league and will shortly join the Denver Nuggets in summer league, scored 17 points off the bench.

On Monday, Team USA returns to action as they prepare to compete in another exhibition match against Australia.

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