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United States forward Carmelo anthony looks to shoot as Argentina forward Luis Scola left defends during an exhibition basketball game Friday July 22

In a preview of one of the most anticipated basketball match-ups in the upcoming Rio Olympics, the USA Men's Basketball Team played the China National Team in a friendly invitational Sunday night.

Yi led the Chinese with 18 points.

Head coach Mike Krzyzewski used his second different starting lineup in as many games.

So what can you learn from a dominant exhibition game like this?

Six U.S. players scored in double figures, led by Kevin Durant's game-high 19 points.

United States of America cruised to an easy victory in its first pre-Olympics friendly against Argentina on Friday night in Las Vegas, defeating the Argentinian national team, 111-74. Durant was 5-of-7 from the field and 4-of-5 from downtown while Thompson was 6-of-10 from the field and 4-of-8 from deep.

Irving finished with 10 points and four assists.

Any delusions that Durant would become a true villain, however, were always just that - as the sky-high sales numbers of his new jersey indicate. It nearly seems unfair to pair the two against worldwide competition, but that's for the rest of the world to figure out.

Zhou Qi, the towering 2.17m (7ft 1in) 20-year-old drafted in June by the Houston Rockets, was limited to two points in just under 19 minutes off the bench.

Kevin Durant is the adopted Splash Brother now.

The Americans will need more from those guys in bigger games against better teams, but in this exhibition in China, it was no problem.

U.S. coach Geno Auriemma could feel the tension of the Olympic history and legacy in 2012 at London in his first Games semi-final when Australia led 47-43 at half-time.

And a good teammate wouldn't have made them wait much longer. There are only a few teams in the world that can come even close to supplying the talent to keep up with the US, and China is not of them.

For the 2016 Rio Olympics, Team USA is missing a number of superstars, including LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, Anthony Davis, Blake Griffin, Kawhi Leonard, James Harden and Russell Westbrook.

The veteran leaders learned from those who came before, including record four-time Olympic champions Lisa Leslie and Teresa Edwards, whose five total medals are a Games basketball record.

And the two exhibitions with China, followed by the rest of the warm-up schedule will likely serve as a solid primer for group play and perhaps the tournament's later stages.

India's men's field hockey team won five Games gold medals in a row and the USA men's basketball team won the first seven Olympic tournaments contested, but both of those streaks were put on hold by World War II. He scored two points on a 1-for-6 (16.7 percent) shooting night. "Our offense and our athleticism, that's a little bit too much for them".

Jordan scored 12 points and led a strong defensive effort with three blocks for the Americans, who held the Chinese to 30.9 per cent shooting. Durant scored 23 points in nearly 21 minutes, while Paul George added 18 and DeMarcus Cousins put up 14 points and 15 rebounds.

"That's pretty insane", Bird said. Early on in the game, Jordan was part of another incident involving the basketball.

"We still have a chance to get better".

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