Washington Post: LeBron James was in the corner with no one blocking his path to hoop, so he exploded toward the basket for a ferocious tomahawk dunk. Michael Redd was camped out behind the international three-point line with no one attempting to contest his shot, so he repeatedly flicked his left wrist and watched the ball splash through the net.
The Virgin Islands was listed as Team USA’s opponent Thursday at the FIBA Americas Championship, but the Americans were basically playing by themselves during a 123-59 victory. The United States led by 29 points after one period, 30 at halftime and with the game essentially wrapped up early in the third quarter, fans at Thomas & Mack Center decided to serenade Kobe Bryant — who turned 29 on Thursday — with “Happy Birthday” while he was on the foul line. After the tune was complete, James chuckled and Bryant laughed after hitting both free throws.
Carmelo Anthony scored 22 points and Redd scored 15 of his 22 points during a dazzling five-minute shooting display in the first quarter as the United States continued its waltz through the preliminary round — a day after beating Venezuela by 43 points. Mike Miller and Amare Stoudemire both had 13 points and Deron Williams added 10. Tayshaun Prince had a game-high 12 rebounds.