ESPN: Once Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant warmed up, there was no way Venezuela could keep up.

Anthony scored 17 points, Bryant added 14, and the United States rolled to a 112-69 victory Wednesday night in its opening game of the FIBA Americas tournament.

Michael Redd also had 17 points, Amare Stoudemire scored 16 and Dwight Howard 12 for the Americans, who improved to 27-0 in the regional Olympic qualifier. The Americans face the U.S. Virgin Islands on Thursday night.

Bryant was making his long-awaited international debut, while Anthony was the leading American scorer last year at the world championships. They needed a little more than a quarter to show they could be a formidable duo.

Jason Kidd and Howard started along with LeBron James, Bryant and Anthony, the three starters coach Mike Krzyzewski had already named. All 12 players saw action in the first quarter, which ended with the Americans up 21-8 after some shaky shooting.

Bryant was scoreless and Anthony had only four points in the opening period, but they didn’t stay quiet for long. Both scored seven points in a 16-6 spurt early in the second quarter that broke open the game and extended the lead to 39-16 on Bryant’s 3-pointer with 5:23 left in the first half.

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  • PHANTOM

    ok i think were seeing a trade in the mist
    with the coby and turner signing. the kidd trade might be happening now. maybe a 3 way trade???

    lakers get artest and kidd
    new jersey gets brown cook bynum and farmar
    sac town gets vlad sasha and javaris

    http://games.espn.go.com/nba/features/trademachine?teams=17~13~23&players=2748~1016~2421~1998~429~981~25~3197~3002&sendto=17~23~23~17~13~17~13~23~17&from=13~13~13~13~17~13~23~13~13&te=na~na~na~na~na~na~na~na~na

    kidd-fish
    kobe-evans
    artest-luke
    lamar-turiaff
    mimh-turner (maybe a center will be bought out of there contract and lakers can pick him up mid year)

    man what a fun lineup this would be… we might have to throw in some draft picks to make this work but we would be contenders for a few years…

  • BEC

    Kobe being there just gives the USA team a fire and edge that they never had before.

    BTW. Did anybody see that move Kobe did on top of the key. (Its on cbs2.com/sports) He faked left, faked right, faked left, and went forward up and under for the jumper. Simply BASKETBALL AT ITS BEST. NO ONE AND I MEAN NO ONE IN THE NBA RIGHT NOW IS CAPABLE OF DOING THAT OTHER THAN KOBE. I love high flying dunks, crazy spin moves and such, and in this games Kobes reverse under the basket in this game, which was amazing in itself. But that move on top of the key, the fundamentals, the amazing footwork, the discipline, the concentration involved in that one move, to pull off such a move is far better than any dunk to me. Kobe does these moves a lot but never seem to reach the highlight reel, its a shame because many dont see the way basketball at its best. Most people just enjoy slams, people being posterized, and blocked but real crafty and savvy moves, creative and fundamentally sound moves like the one Kobe just pulled are moves that make basketball a truly beautiful sport to watch, but these moves are a rarity these days, only one player can do it, and its a shame because many players today are not fundamentally sound like the old days, the old time players would kill this new age group. Guys are bigger, more talented, and more athletic now but arent even close to being fundamentally sound which would get them beat by old timers. Look at Duncan and Kobe, the two best in the game, (lebron you wish) theyve won titles, the most fundamentally sound players in the game, the best. People need to focus and look at these types of moves more, its truly basketball at its best.
    A little of topic but just had to say that.

  • fatty

    Kobe had a nice line in the 16 few minutes he played.

    5 reb 5 assists 3 steals 3 TO 1 blk

    5-8 fg 2-2 3p 2-2 ft = 14 pts

    Kidd shoots 0-0 = 0 pts but has 5 assists Do you think he cares that he didn’t score?

    Play of the game: Kidd to Melo to James (behind the back) to Kobe (Slam Dunk)!!!!

    Individual play of the Game: Tie – 1. Kobe razzles at the top of key, goes under guy for a made shot 2. Kobe under the basket manuvers to an over the shoulder shot that goes in

    Next victim: US Virgin Islands, led by Raja Bell

  • LFTW

    [quote comment=”12484″]Kobe had a nice line in the 16 few minutes he played.

    5 reb 5 assists 3 steals 3 TO 1 blk

    5-8 fg 2-2 3p 2-2 ft = 14 pts

    Kidd shoots 0-0 = 0 pts but has 5 assists Do you think he cares that he didn’t score?

    Play of the game: Kidd to Melo to James (behind the back) to Kobe (Slam Dunk)!!!!

    Individual play of the Game: Tie – 1. Kobe razzles at the top of key, goes under guy for a made shot 2. Kobe under the basket manuvers to an over the shoulder shot that goes in

    Next victim: US Virgin Islands, led by Raja Bell[/quote]

    Bell is recovering from knee surgery so he’s not playing. And Duncan is ineligable to play for them so get ready for another 50 point blowout

  • fatty

    Without Raja, it could be a 60 pt win. If Vegas gave me 50 pts, I would still feel safe with the outcome.

    At least US Virgin Islands has some cool names in their line up.

    Akeem Marc
    Keylen Omalle
    Jameel
    Omari
    Kitwana
    Ja Ja
    Kevin Alphonso
    Cuthbert Victor

  • keep24

    The tone was set from the opening tap by, who else, the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant. Coach Mike Krzyzewski put him on the Venezuela point guard, Greivis Vasquez, a Maryland sophomore, who was challenged even in trying to complete an entry pass.

    “I don’t know how to explain it,” said Vasquez after the game. “That was amazing.”

    “I grew up watching the NBA. I was in College Park, watching his highlights. All of a sudden, he was guarding me like it was the last game of his life. . . .

    “I’m 20 years old. . . . It was tough. I’m not going to lie to you guys. I lost the ball on a couple of possessions. . . .

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