Wolves' Bennett helps lead Canada to silver medal at Pan Am Games

BY foxsports • July 27, 2015

The Canadian men's basketball team won its first Pan American Games medal, and Minnesota Timberwolves forward Anthony Bennett played a big role in that accomplishment.

Canada took the silver, losing 86-71 to Brazil in Saturday's final, but it was the country's best finish at the Games, which it hosted this year.

Bennett, the 22-year-old Toronto native whom the Wolves acquired from the Cleveland Cavaliers before last season along with Andrew Wiggins in the Kevin Love trade, was one of Canada's best players during the tournament.

He was third on the team in scoring, averaging 15.6 points over the five games. He led the way for Canada in the final, putting up 18 points in 32 minutes against the Brazilians. In the semifinal upset of Team USA, Bennett had 18 points and a team-high 14 rebounds, making 8 of 12 shots, including 2 of 4 3-pointers.

Bennett, who's entering his third NBA season after being the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2013, averaged 5.2 points and 3.8 rebounds and shot 42.1 percent from the field last year for the Wolves.

Orlando Magic forward Andrew Nicholson led Canada in scoring during the Games, averaging 18.2 points in five games.

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