Team USA overcome slow start to beat Venezuela 113-69

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Team USA are having a lovely time at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, chilling in their luxury cruiser and spending their days having fun in the Brazil sunshine.

And when they do actually turn up for work it is little more than a light workout before they ultimately run away with the game and put gaudy numbers on the opposition.

They followed the storybook last night against Venezuela, running out 113-69 winners over their South American counterparts in their second game of the competition.

The game was actually tied at the end of the first quarter, USA giving up far too many free throws to Venezuela and just seeming not at the races. Naturally, an America team not at the races is still just as good as their opponents.

They really stepped up in the second, deciding to try on defense, and went on a 30-8 run in the second that killed the game off. From there it was little more than a practice game.

Kevin Durant scored 16 points and Carmelo Anthony had 14 for the U.S., who will need to be much better in the latter games than they were yesterday. Durant basically admitted that.

"The game of basketball, everything's not going to be easy,'' Durant stated. "We know that, even with this great team.''

Interestingly, Venezuela's top scorer was John Cox - the cousin of one Kobe Bryant. 

He scored 19 points on 20 shots, going 6-of-20 from the field. You can tell they're related.

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