LeBron James scored 21 points, Kobe Bryant added 20 and harassed Leandro Barbosa all over the court, and the
Carmelo Anthony also had 21 for the Americans (4-0), who for the second straight game pulled away by holding their opponent without a field goal for more than 6 minutes in the second quarter.
The Americans improved to 30-0 in Olympic qualifying games and will open second-round play Monday night against
Bryant led the defensive effort that held Barbosa to just four points on 1-of-7 shooting before a Thomas &
Barbosa entered averaging a tournament-best 27 points after scoring 36 Saturday in a 93-89 victory over the U.S. Virgin Islands. But the
James, Bryant and Anthony then combined for the first 19
And the Brazilians are lacking one of their key players,
Still, the Brazilians kept it close until ending the first half without a field goal after Alex Garcia’s basket with 6:09 remaining.
With the game slipping away,
The Americans hit their first five shots and raced to a 12-1 lead a little more than 2 minutes in. Brazil fought back to get within four on Tiago Splitter’s follow with 29 seconds left, and the U.S. was only leading 27-21 going into the second.
Splitter, drafted by
American reserve Tayshaun Prince left the game in the first half after spraining his left ankle while battling for a defensive rebound. He will be re-evaluated today.