In their first official appearance together against unfriendly competition, the USA men's basketball team built an early lead against the Dominican Republic during the first half of their exhibition in Las Vegas on Thursday night. As they intend to do over the next month, Coach K's club pushed the pace against the Dominicans -- racing up-and-down the floor to take a 50-27 lead after 20 minutes.
Kevin Durant is perhaps the most prolific scorer in the world, and the NBA's scoring champ immediately got to work on Thursday night. Durant took advantage of the closer three-point line and continued his success in international play with 21 points in the first half. Durant broke out during the Worlds two years ago and he could very well be the scoring star this year in London.
Miami's LeBron James will once again be a big facilitator of the world's top talent. James has played a lot of center so far against the DR, with injuries plaguing the frontcourt and Tyson Chandler getting into early foul trouble. James will likely play all five spots on the floor.
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