Chicago Bulls All-Star Luol Deng may have struggled in his second consecutive game at the London Olympics, but he also can say he was a part of history as the British won their first-ever Olympic basketball game by defeating China, 90-58, on Monday.
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Great Britain won their first ever Olympic basketball game by defeating China, 90-58
Deng played just over 24 minutes in the fifth and final game of pool play for the British and put up a line of six points, three rebounds, four assists and one steal.
But it wasn’t about his individual performance. Instead, it was about his teammates finally stepping up and carrying him to a victory after he did all of the heavy lifting in the first three games of competition.
No one expected the British squad to medal, but the victory all but justified Deng’s participation on his adopted country’s national team this summer.
For the tournament, Luol averaged 15.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.2 steals in five games.