The United States of America were handed their first test of the summer on Wednesday night as they overcame Australia by ten points in the third game of their Olympic campaign.
After seeing off China and Venezuela with ease, the States found life significantly tougher against a Boomers team that could boast as many NBA championship rings as the most dominant nation in international basketball history.
Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova, Patty Mills and co. were in no mood to roll over and fought to the bitter end. A three-pointer by Kyrie Irving - reminiscent of his dagger in game seven of the NBA finals - was the final blow for the Aussies, but they certainly had America scared.
Following the game, Paul George, who scored five points, pulled down three rebounds and provided two assists in his 17 minutes on the hardwood, insisted it was the type of game they expected and labelled their opponents 'dirty'.
"We knew we were going to get their best," he said. "It was an adjustment for us. The game kind of got out of hand early with the physical play. We knew that coming in - this team has a knack for being a little dirty."
The 11th ranked team in international basketball certainly left it all on the line, scrapping for every loose ball, putting the US under pressure at every opportunity and limiting their opponents to a 39.1 percent field goal percentage while shooting 50 percent themselves.
Kevin Durant predicted the two will meet again in the knockout stages. We would all like to see that.