Aug 08, 2016

    'We mean business' US wreck China 119-62

    KEVIN Durant scored 25 points as the United States' National Basketball Association stars routed China 119-62 on Saturday to launch their bid for a third consecutive Olympic basketball gold.

    The former Oklahoma City forward, who joins Golden State next season, added a game-high six assists for the Americans, who set an all-time US record of 33 free throws made.

    Australia opened the Olympic competition earlier in the day with an 87-66 win over France while Serbia topped Venezuela in the other Group A match.

    The US missed their first five shots.

    However, they soon displayed the unrivalled depth and long-range shooting that make them prohibitive favourites to secure a 15th overall men's title.

    The Americans thoroughly dominated despite signs that the recently assembled unit are yet to completely gel.

    "It still can be better and that's what makes us scary," said New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony, who is seeking a record third men's hoops gold.

    "We wanted to send a message to the rest of the world that we mean business."