U.S. improves to 3-0 at World Cup 

Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans had 21 points and nine rebounds to lead the U.S. men’s basketball team to a 98-71 victory over New Zealand in the FIBA World Cup on Tuesday at Bilbao, Spain.

Warriors teammates Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson each had 12 points for the Americans, who are 3-0 in pool play and play the Dominican Republic today and wrap up the preliminary round Thursday against Ukraine (2-1). Tuesday’s win guaranteed the U.S. a top-four spot in its group and a berth in the round of 16.

Kenneth Faried of the Denver Nuggets had 15 points and 11 rebounds (seven offensive), while James Harden of the Houston Rockets added 13 points and four assists for the Americans.

“It was a good solid performance,” U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski said, according to USA Basketball. “I thought the intensity was excellent. We were playing against a different offense, that’s a really good offense that New Zealand runs, and it’s a very difficult offense to defend with big guys because everybody is away from the basket. But overall it was good, we beat a team that really executes well and plays hard every second they are out there. So good response starting this three games in three days.”

The U.S. forced 22 turnovers, converting them into 26 points. The Americans also scored 28 fastbreak points and had 21 assists.

Warriors sign trio: Guard Aaron Craft and forwards James Michael McAdoo and Mitchell Watt have signed free-agent contracts with the Warriors, the team announced.

All three played for the Warriors during the Las Vegas summer league.

The 6-foot-2 Craft, 23, a former Ohio State star who was the Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Year as a senior, averaged 7.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.6 steals in 22.2 minutes per game in five games during the summer league.

The 6-9 McAdoo, 21, a former North Carolina star, averaged 9.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.2 blocks in the summer league.

The 6-10 Watt, 24, played the last two seasons professionally in Israel after finishing his college career at Buffalo. He averaged 6.0 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in the summer league.

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