FINAL 1 2 3 4 T
USA 26 32 23 22 103
Senegal 13 11 16 18 58

USA Basketball finished a perfect 5-0 in Group D.
(Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images)

USA Routs Senegal

SAPPORO, Japan, Aug. 24 -- With the top spot in Group D already secured, and one of its tri-captains, Dwyane Wade, taking a much-deserved rest, it would have been understandable if Team USA came out flat Thursday.

Unfortunately for its opponent, Senegal, USA Basketball played at the same consistently-high level it has performed with throughout the 2006 FIBA World Championship.

LeBron James scored 15 of his 17 points in the first half when the USA built a 58-24 halftime lead en route to a 103-58 victory in the final preliminary round game.

"I feel I have played pretty well so far," James said. "We are 5-0 and that is all that matters to me. We are winning ball games and we are undefeated. I think I am helping our team win our games. If I played well or didn't play well, the only thing that matters to me is winning. I am just trying to get out there and play some defense, get some defensive rebounds, get some offensive rebounds and help get our team into the flow of the game."

USA, which went 8-0 in exhibition play prior to the Worlds, went 5-0 in Group D, defeating Puerto Rico, China, Slovenia and Italy before taking care of Senegal.

After trailing 13-12 midway through the first quarter, USA Basketball went on a 19-0 run to open a 31-13 advantage and take control of the game.

Chris Bosh tallied teams highs in points with 20 and rebounds with 10, and Carmelo Anthony scored 12 to add to the offensive attack for USA Basketball.

USA Basketball, which hit on 51 percent of its shots, enjoyed a 53-32 rebound advantage.

Maleye Ndoye fired in 25 to pace Senegal.

USA Basketball will play Australia, the fourth-place team in Group C, in the elimination round on Sunday (12 a.m. ET, ESPN2).

"It's ‘one and done' and this is not a seven-game NBA series," Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "We have to be ready for each ball game. The best way to get ready is to play defense at the start of each ball game. We've done a good job defensively. Hopefully, we'll pick that up even more, now that we're going on to Tokyo."


Photos: Check out Thursday's gallery from Team USA's win over Senegal.
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Aug. 24: USA-Senegal postgame

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RebBosh 10 N'diaye 9
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