Team USA annihilate China during their Rio Olympics opener 119-62

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Team USA predictably obliterated China 119-62 in their opening game of the Rio Olympics to send a message as they attempt to win their third goal medal in a row.

Kevin Durant led the way for the Stars and Stripes with 25 points while DeMarcus Cousins had 17 and Paul George dropped 15.

All 12 players on the Team USA roster scored in the rout, but coach Mike Krzyzewski started with Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, Carmelo Anthony, Durant and Cousins.

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China took an early 2-0 lead to worry Team USA to their very core in this contest, but the American's battled back to condemn the Chinese to their third hammering from the same opponent inside the last two weeks.

"We just wanted to send a statement to the rest of the world," Anthony said. "Come out this first game and let everybody know that we're focused, we're locked in and we're about business on this trip."

The United States are still heavy favourites to win gold in Rio, despite the likes of LeBron James, Chris Paul, James Harden and Stephen Curry all rejecting the chance to suit up for their country this summer.

Only KD and Anthony have returned to the squad from their gold medal endeavour in London four years ago, but the new Golden State Warriors forward believes this group of players has bonded very quickly in the name of success.

"Just because they aren't here today, we've got another batch of guys that's walking around on the streets saying they want to win a gold medal and we all have something in common," Durant said. "It's cool to have a fraternity of guys who have won a gold medal. It's rare."

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