USA Basketball vs. China: Score, Highlights and Reaction from Tuesday's Showcase

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIJuly 27, 2016

OAKLAND, CA - JULY 26:  Kevin Durant #5 of the USA Basketball Men's National Team shakes hands with his teammates during the game against China on July 26, 2016 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
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After dominating China in a 49-point romp Sunday, Team USA did one better in disposing of the same adversary again Tuesday night at Oracle Arena in a 107-57 victory.

The home venue of the Golden State Warriors played host to the lopsided affair—and provided usual Warriors fans a glimpse at new free-agent acquisition Kevin Durant starting alongside teammates Draymond Green and Klay Thompson.

Durant's decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder has dominated the NBA offseason headlines and was a topic of conversation at the Team USA camp before he opted to join Golden State. In the absence of a competitive contest in Tuesday's exhibition, the Durant discussion continued.

The Warriors' trio didn't disappoint, as Durant took no time at all to make a splash, courtesy of USA Basketball on Twitter:

USA Basketball @usabasketball

Kevin Durant opens the #USABMNT scoring in Oakland with a quick-trigger three vs China! #RapidReplay @NBATV https://t.co/NGp2AraWgi

CBSSports.com's Zach Harper had an appropriate reaction to the opening bucket:

Zach Harper @talkhoops

Kevin Durant hits the game-winner six seconds into the game.

That trey was a microcosm of the disparity between the U.S. and China in basketball at present. Durant netted the squad's first 10 points and finished with 13, providing the initial spark for the Americans.

The Dubs' official Twitter account was on point to praise its new superstar in his pseudo-home debut:

Golden State Warriors @warriors

Current score: @KDTrey5 - 10pts China - 6pts

Chicago Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler had the best dunk of the night:

USA Basketball @usabasketball

Jimmy Butler elevates for the putback SLAM for the #USABMNT #PlayOfTheGame vs China! https://t.co/idQKcNiPpt

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony also had a notable moment in the opening quarter after Durant's early explosion, showing off his unique skills in isolation:

USA Basketball @usabasketball

Carmelo Anthony with the killer crossover and splashes the jumper on @NBATV! #USABMNT #RapidReplay https://t.co/SN4w4MhYgM

Chris Herring of the Wall Street Journal weighed in on Anthony's style of play and how it translates well to when he suits up in the Red, White and Blue:

Chris Herring @Herring_NBA

Carmelo, in international format, is insanely good. It's literally the perfect scenario for him.

The hosts led 31-15 through one quarter and extended the advantage to 52-24 by halftime.

The lead continued to swell in the third.

Anthony led the charge with 16 of his 20 total points in the quarter, while DeMarcus Cousins kept on dominating the paint as well. The Sacramento Kings center wound up posting a double-double with a team-high 21 points and 11 rebounds.

Ex-Warriors forward Harrison Barnes, who was essentially phased out from Oakland this summer with Durant's arrival and signed with the Dallas Mavericks, had a fine showing in his return to Oracle Arena.

Barnes netted seven points on 3-of-6 shooting, including the following dunk, via the NBA on Twitter:


Harrison Barnes punches it home in Oakland. #PhantomCam #USABMNT https://t.co/EfDGDzLBpU

The U.S. had such a prohibitive upper hand in athleticism, which revealed itself most in the quality of defense and the ability to crash the glass. China had only 21 rebounds to the Americans' 48, including 19 offensive boards.

Home fans were energized in the last 10-minute quarter by Thompson's four three-pointers to push his points total to 15 and a near-360-degree dunk by DeMar DeRozan, who was fouled on the play:

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

DeMar. Fam….😳 https://t.co/WXaIX3PA7g

Durant even got a technical for celebrating DeRozan's effort.

LeBron James was tuned in to react to what would've been one of the best throwdowns he'd ever seen:

LeBron James @KingJames

Man if @DeMar_DeRozan would have made that dunk, would have been top 5 All Time! #USABMNT

Center Zhou Qi (13), forward Zhou Peng (11) and guard Guo Ailun (11) led China as double-figure scorers.

Tuesday marked the third exhibition matchup for Team USA before its trip to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Coach Mike Krzyzewski's bunch will be pursuing a third consecutive gold medal.

"We had a little bit too much fun out there tonight. We have to tone that down a little bit," Krzyzewski said after Tuesday's game, per The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears.

That type of focus is what has made Krzyzewski such a success at Duke and bodes well for the Olympic team's outlook.

Even without big names like back-to-back league MVP Stephen Curry, also from the Warriors, and Jamesamong othersthe U.S. has plenty of firepower on the roster to reach the top of the podium in Rio.

Argentina was the last team other than the Americans to win gold on the hardwood. That was back in 2004, and the USA's run of golds stretched back to 1992's "Dream Team" before then.

It appears the dominance of Team USA will remain intact, if two routs of China and a 111-74 exhibition win over Argentina serve as any indication. In their next exhibition showcase, the Americans take on Venezuela on Friday at the United Center in Chicago. 


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