Redeem Team Blows Out Germany, 106-57

(BEIJING) - The U.S. Olympic basketball team completed preliminary-round play by burying Germany's team, led by Dirk Nowitzki, 106-57.

Next up: the only team the redeem-team couldn't blow out -- Australia.

The U.S enters the medal round with a 5-0 record and a 32.2-point average victory margin. The U.S. led by only seven points midway through the 4th quarter of an 87-76 exhibition victory two weeks ago over an Australian team that didn't have starting center Andrew Bogut of the Milwaukee Bucks, who was resting a sore right ankle.

Dwight Howard scored 22 points and LeBron James had 18, 16 in the 1st half.

The Americans shot 55% from the floor and tossed in 11 three-pointers after making 12 in their last game.

Lithuania, which entered Monday as the only other unbeaten team, was trounced 106-75 by Australia.

The Americans scored 3 seconds into the game, the start of eight straight points while Germany missed 9 of its first 10 shots, including a blown dunk and a botched putback.

Up 19 after one, the U.S. scored the first eight points of the 2nd quarter to make it 39-12.

The lead ballooned to 30 for the first time when Howard scored four straight to make it 49-19 with 3:00 left in the half.

Bryant tossed in back-to-back 3s for a 62-29 cushion early in the 3rd quarter.

Dirk Nowitzki checked out after an 80-39 bulge with 2:41 remaining in the 3rd period. Nowitzki, the Dallas Mavericks All-Star, scored 14 points for Germany (1-4), which completed a disappointing Olympics.

The Germans looked like contenders in a 95-66 rout of Angola in their opener, but then dropped four straight.