MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 19: USA player Kobe Bryant (r) battles for possesion of the ball with Pops Mensah-Bonsu of Team GB during the Men's Exhibition Game between USA and Team GB at Manchester Arena on July 19, 2012 in Manchester, …
MANCHESTER, England - Carmelo Anthony and Deron Williams responded to lineup change with 19 points apiece, and the U.S. men's Olympic basketball team beat Britain 118-78 on Thursday in an exhibition game.
LeBron James added 16 points and Russell Westbrook had 15 for the Americans, who built a 40-point lead early in the fourth quarter against their inexperienced and overmatched opponent, and every basket from there seemed to be a dunk.
U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski changed up his starting lineup, inserting Kevin Durant for Anthony, and Williams for Chris Paul, and both Anthony and Williams flourished in their new roles.
Williams, who couldn't scrimmage with the Americans when they opened camp because he hadn't signed his $98 million extension with
the Nets yet, made 7-of-8 shots, going 5 of 6 from 3-point range.
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