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U.S. men’s Olympic basketball beats Britain by 40
Olympics » Lineup changes spark big result in Americans’ rout.

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"It doesn’t get more explosive than that, and that’s the dynamic of our team," James said. "We have an opportunity to do multiple things with our lineups, and it’s a luxury we have."

Durant scored 13 points and No. 1 pick Anthony Davis had 11 for the Americans, who shot 60 percent from the field and led by as much as 47.

At a glance

USA 118, Britain 78

Deron Williams scores 19 in his first start and Carmelo Anthony scores 19 in his first game off the bench.

» A 10-0 run to end the first quarter and an 8-0 run late in the second help put the game away for Team USA, which leads by as many as 47 points.

» Chicago Bulls All-Star Luol Deng scores a game-high 25 points for Britain.

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Team USA vs. Argentina at Barcelona, Sunday, 10 p.m.


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This was possibly the Americans’ last easy game before London, with exhibitions remaining in Barcelona against 2008 bronze medalist Argentina and Spain, the team they beat in the gold-medal game four years ago.

Former NBA player Pops Mensah-Bonsu scored 12 points, and Andrew Sullivan had 11 for Britain.

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