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Team USA rolls by Nigeria in final Olympic tuneup

POSTED: Aug 1, 2016 10:10 PM ET

By Fran Blinebury

BY Fran Blinebury


DeRozan Throws it Down

DeMar DeRozan drives baseline for the big right-handed slam.

— Four years ago in a record-setting romp, Team USA turned the game into an offensive circus. This time it was a defensive vise used to squeezed the life out of Nigeria 110-66 on Monday night at Toyota Center.

Carmelo Anthony led the way with 19 points, Klay Thompson scored 17, Kevin Durant 14, DeMar DeRozan 13 and DeAndre Jordan and DeMarcus Cousins 10 each.

The victory enabled Team USA to complete its Olympic warmup tour with a 5-0 record, beating Argentina, China (twice), Venezuela and Nigeria by an average margin of 43 points.

Durant to the Rack

Kevin Durant uses the euro-step in transition for the one-handed slam.

It was the first time the two teams played since Aug. 2, 2012 when the Americans won by a whopping 156-73 as Carmelo Anthony set a team record with 37 points in 14 1/2 minutes, shooting 10-for-12 on 3-pointers.

The Americans smothered attempts to go inside for buckets and Nigeria was 0-for-22 from behind the 3-point line until Chamberlain Oguchu knocked one down with 3:48 left in the game.

There were a few moments for Nigeria early. The first came when 6-foot-4 guard Benjamin Uzoh drove through the lane and threw down a one-handed slam dunk over 6-foot-11 DeAndre Jordan with 4:38 left in the first quarter that cut the U.S. lead to 11-10 and brought a collective gasp from the sellout crowd.

Lowry to Jordan

Kyle Lowry sets up DeAndre Jordan with the big alley-oop slam from beyond half-court.

Early in the second quarter Nigeria's Shane Lawal made a swipe at a spin move by DeMarcus Cousins. After the whistle blew for a foul, Ekene Ibeweke bumped, then shoved him in the back as he stumbled out of bounds and even barked at Cousins.

But the only bite back from the Americans came in the form of Jordan taking lob passes for dunks from Kyle Lowry, and DeMar DeRozan soaring in for a pair of rim-rattling slams that rocked the arena.

The win raised Coach Mike Krzyzewski's record as head coach with Team USA to 80-1 and was the 68th in a row (including exhibition games) for the Americans since 2006. The U.S. will take a 17-game Olympic winning streak into Rio De Janeiro.

Kyrie Irving sat out to rest a left thigh contusion and Paul George missed his second game due a left calf strain. So Krzyzewski kept mixing and matching with his fifth different starting lineup of the tour.

The USA has won 14 of 17 in which it has played, with a 130-5 (.963) record. U.S. Olympic teams with NBA players are 45-3 and the U.S. has won five of the last six Olympic gold medals when NBA players have participated (1992, 1996, 2000, 2008 and 2012).

Team USA will open its Olympic schedule Saturday against China.