Russ Smith Scores Game-High 29 Points To Lead American All Stars Over Belarus

Soon-to-be Estonian Prime Minister Russ Smith continued to make himself one of the biggest summer names in Northern Europe by dropping a game-high 29 points in the East Coast All Stars 71-68 win over Belarus in the opening game of the Four Nations Cup.

Russ the only American in double figures, connecting on 7-of-18 shots from inside the arc and 3-of-7 from outside it. He also snagged a team-high nine rebounds and again led the team in assists with six. The only downside to Smith's performance was five turnovers...and the following outfit decision.

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Naturally, everyone who saw the picture understood that Russ was simply sporting the jacket of teammate Phillip Nolan. No one made anything of it.

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Jesus.

Anyway, the Americans trailed Belarus for nearly the entirety of Thursday's contest before mounting a furious rally in the fourth quarter in which they outscored their opponents, 26-11. Belarus turned the ball over 25 times, four of which were the product of steals by Russ.

Russ and the All Stars will be back on the court tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. (10:30 a.m. EST) against Slovakia.

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