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U.S. Wears Down Overmatched Angola, 97-73

(BEIJING) -- Dwayne Wade scored 19 points, leading three other teammates in double figures as Team USA easily shoved aside Angola, 97-76 this morning as the U.S. Olympic team wrapped up the easy portion of its schedule.

The United States is 4-0 against Angola, starting with the Dream Team's 116-48 Olympic romp in 1992.

The Americans (2-0) move on to face Greece, the team that stunned them two years ago in the semifinals of the world championship, 101-95. Then comes a matchup with Spain, the team that won that tournament.

This U.S. team, however, is much deeper, and James is a whole lot stronger. James James made his presence felt midway through the 2nd quarter, jumping so high to block Felizardo Ambrosio's shot that it looked more like a volleyball spike.

Angola was down only seven with less than 4 minutes remaining in the half when James simply muscled them out of the way. After Wade's 3-pointer, James went all the way for a layup, then knocked Leonel Paulo backward to grab a loose ball and convert a three-point play that made it 47-32 with 2:26 left.

James then came up with a steal and flipped the ball behind him to Chris Bosh for a bucket, then capped a 16-2 spurt with another layup that extended the U.S. lead to 55-34.

The Americans were up 55-37 at the break.

Every U.S. player but Jason Kidd scored, but the Americans were only 5-of-21 from behind the arc after they hit just 7-of-24 against the Chinese.

Carlos Morais scored 24 points for Angola (0-2).  

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