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U.S. Routs Tunisia in Second Men’s Basketball Game at Olympics

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Aug. 1 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. men’s basketball team routed Tunisia 110-63 to remain undefeated through two group games at the London Olympics.

Kevin Love and Carmelo Anthony led the U.S. with 16 points each, while Kevin Durant contributed 13 points, 10 rebounds and five assists as U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski used every player on the roster.

“My goal tonight was to try to get an equal number of minutes for everybody in the game and try to get some different combinations,” Krzyzewski told reporters after last night’s win in London.

The Americans led 46-33 at halftime and outscored the Tunisians, who are playing in the tournament for the first time, 64-30 during the second half.

Today in basketball, the U.S. women’s team takes on Turkey in its second group-phase game. The Americans began their bid for a fifth straight gold medal with a 90-38 rout of Angola.

The U.S. men, who have won 13 of the 16 Olympic tournaments entered, beat France 98-71 in their first game.

Chris Paul had a team-high seven assists against Tunisia, while Andre Iguodala matched Durant with five.

The U.S. faces Nigeria, another Olympics newcomer, tomorrow, before playing Lithuania Aug. 4 and Argentina, the bronze medalist four years ago, in its final group-stage game two days later.

Also yesterday in Group A, France defeated 2004 champion Argentina 71-64, and Lithuania won 72-53 against Nigeria.

In Group B, Russia beat China 73-54, 2008 silver medalist Spain defeated Australia 82-70, and Brazil overcame host Great Britain 67-62.

To contact the reporter on this story: Kari Lundgren in London at klundgren2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net

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