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USA vs China
2006 FIBA World Championship, Sapporo, Japan
20/08/2006Game Report, USA vs China 121 - 90 , GROUP D
SAPPORO (FIBA World Championship) - Team USA thrashed China on Sunday to remain unbeaten in the FIBA World Championship.

Dwyane Wade scored a game-high 26 points and dished four assists to lead the Americans to a 121-90 victory.
There was little Yao Ming's China could do against an overpowering USA side, who built a big lead early on and never looked back.

Wade thrilled the Sapporo Arena crowd with several dunks on fast breaks while five of his team-mates also finished in double figures.
There was little Yao Ming's China could do against an overpowering USA side, who built a big lead early on and never looked back.

"We beat a good team and Yao just keeps getting better and better," said USA coach Mike Krzyzewski.
"I thought China hang in there marvellously because we pressured like crazy but our guys were more adjusted tonight and I thought played with great effort.
"Wade's scoring was one thing but his passing was even better."

The United States, who had beaten Puerto Rico 111-100 in the opening game, forced 12 China turnovers in the first half and 25 for the game.

Shane Battier scored the first five points for Mike Krzyzewski's team as they built a 21-6 lead with five minutes played.
China tried to stay close, and Fangyu Zhu's three-pointer 18 seconds before the end of the first stanza left them trailing 32-17.

They trailed 43-28 midway through the second quarter before Wade stole the show.

The Miami Heat star scored nine points in a short space of time on dunks, lay-ups and free throws to give his team a 63-38 half-time lead.

China went back on the court determined to show a better image and they briefly succeeded, going on a 10-0 run over the first three and a half minutes of the third quarter to close the gap to 61-50. Carmelo Anthony stopped the rot with a lay-up and

Jonas Kazlauskas' men then caved in as Wade & Co went on a 17-2 run to take the score to 88-56 with two minutes remaining in the third quarter.

Liu Wei's perimeter effort allowed China to go into the last period trailing 93-62.

Any hopes of a miracle comeback were shattered when Yao fouled out with six minutes left to play and with the score 103-73.

Yao, who led China in scoring with 21 points and hauled down 10 rebounds, got a warm ovation from the crowd as he walked towards his bench.

The United States will get a tougher test on Tuesday when they meet Slovenia while China will look to get their first victory of the tournament when they take on Puerto Rico.

"We learned from yesterday's defeat against Italy," said Yao.
"In the last 24 hours we watched tapes and I think we have learned a lot.
"Of course, when you plays against the US you cannot afford to make any mistakes."

By Cindy Garcia-Bennett
FIBA