The United States looked to be in big trouble in their first game after China got out to an early 2-0 lead, but they battled back and managed to escape with a 119-62 victory.
The U.S. missed their first five shots, but two free throws from DeMarcus Cousins sparked a 9-2 run that would put the game out of reach for good.
With Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony the lone returning Olympians, the U.S. suited up ten Olympic neophytes, most notably Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
Durant, USA’s leading scorer at the London Olympics, was the pace-setter again tonight with 25 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists and a steal on 10-14 shooting from the floor.
Anthony, who had 9 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, one steal and one block, tied LeBron James and David Robinson for most Olympic games played for the United States with 24.
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