The United States men's basketball team isn't exactly struggling in its first tuneup exhibition for the Olympics in London, as the Americans are out to a 26-12 lead over the Dominican Republic after the first quarter.
The Dominican Republic showed some zone early, and the United States responded with an offense centered on passing around the zone and drilling threes from a line slightly shorter than the one used in the NBA game. Kevin Durant hit three and Andre Iguodala chipped in another two. Mike Krzyzewski looks like he's using the exhibition to get a feel for the roster -- he's gone ten deep already through the first quarter.
The USA started off slowly offensively -- some jumpers clanged, the ball got stuck amongst superstars -- but the defense never faltered. The Americans forced a turnover leading to a breakaway dunk on the first possession, and never let the Dominicans get comfortable -- not on entry passes, not on jumpers and not in the post. After a few stagnant minutes, Kevin Durant took the lid off the rim with a three and the USA ran off a 13-0 run, featuring another Durant three and a fast break alley-oop from Deron Williams to LeBron James.
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