Much of the criticism surrounding the United States of America so far in their Olympic campaign involves their tendency to play isolation basketball on offence. However, Kyrie Irving was still able to rack up an assist record during the win over France.
For the third consecutive game, the defending champions escaped past their opponents. The three-point win over the French came just two days after the same margin of victory over Serbia, and four days after a 10-point victory over Australia that saw them trailing in the final quarter.
However, despite the iso-heavy offence, the Cleveland Cavaliers man was able to dish out a huge number of assists as he finished with a double-double and placed himself in the history books alongside Michael Jordan, Leon Wood, Phil Ford and LeBron James.
In his 28 minutes on the court, the Australian-born guard provided 12 assists without turning the ball over in a perfect display of passing. His dimes included an incredible diving alley-oop pass for Kevin Durant that pulled the States out of a tricky situation.
After a stunning end to the NBA season, Irving has been one of the better players for the States so far as they have battled to a 5-0 record in the preliminary round and secured their position as Group A winners.
As the starting point guard, he has averaged 12.6 points and six assists while shooting 45.5 percent from the field and averaging a Player Efficiency Rating of 15. It may not be the best we've seen from Kyrie, but he's certainly keeping the USA's head above water.