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Team USA destroys China by 49 points in warm-up game before Rio Olympics

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Team USA waltzed to another blowout victory as their preparation for the Rio Olympics next month continued against China at the Staples Center last night.

The 59-106 win - a 49 point drubbing - came just two days after the 37 point demolition of Argentina, and despite missing some household names from their roster this summer, the U.S. national side looks in fine shape ahead of their trip to Brazil.

No one on the roster played 20 minutes for the Stars and Stripes as coach Mike Krzyzewski continued to share the minutes around his All-Star squad, but Golden State Warriors duo Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant - which is still weird to say - were the top scorers on the night with 17 and 19 points respectively.

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The Chinese face the daunting prospect of pitting their wits against the Americans again on Tuesday, but this time, the sure-to-be slaughter will take place in Oakland.

That adds an intriguing layer to the tie as it will be Durant's first game at the Oracle Arena since signing for the Dubs.

KD was booed prior to tip-off in L.A., but one has to believe he will receive a warmer reception on his newly-found home turf.

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Other impressive performers last night include DeMar DeRozan, who poured in 13 points from 75 percent of his field goal attempts. Carmelo Anthony pulled down a game-high eight rebounds while the tall trees of DeAndre Jordan and DeMarcus Cousins both grabbed 12 more points after impressive outings against Argentina.

The United States will head to Chicago after Tuesday to play Venezuela on Friday, and then to Houston to face Nigeria on Aug 1 as the final tune-up before the real competition starts on Aug 6.

It's hard to imagine they will have to get out of first gear in any of those encounters, but it will be interesting to see what Coach K does with his rotation as the event draws closer.

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