Kobe’s defense was superb. Great ball movement and chemistry aids USA to their third straight exhibition win.

ESPN: Kobe Bryant harassed longtime nemesis Sarunas Jasikevicius into a miserable night and helped the U.S. Olympic basketball team roll to a 120-84 exhibition victory over Lithuania on Friday night.

Dwyane Wade scored 19 points, Dwight Howard had 17 and LeBron James 15 for the Americans, who raced to a big early lead, then pulled away again after Lithuania got within single digits early in the second half. Bryant finished with 13 points, nine during the big U.S. first quarter.

The Americans, who shot 64 percent, swept two games here and leave Saturday for Shanghai, where they will play European champion Russia and Australia.

Michael Redd finished with 16 points and Carmelo Anthony added 11 in a rematch of the bronze-medal game from four years ago.

Jasikevicius was just 2-of-8 for nine points, with three turnovers. Rimantas Kaukenas led Lithuania with 17 points.

The United States needed a quarter to warm up in its first two games, but was sharp right from the start this time. Howard had three consecutive baskets, James dunked twice, and the Americans were already up by double digits barely 2½ minutes into the game. Minutes later, Bryant had two jumpers and a 3-pointer in a quick flurry that made it 24-5.

Howard had 10 points and Bryant nine in the first 10 minutes, with the Americans opening a 31-15 lead.

Lithuania kept the deficit in the teens from there, then opened the second half with a flurry of 3-pointers to make it a game. Jasikevicius had a rare open look and hit the final one to cut the U.S. lead to 61-52 with 7:10 remaining in the third quarter, but the Americans immediately blew it open again.

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  • kb24

    wat happen 2 the micheal fienly talking wee need him

  • SliqRiq

    I think we should save this site for only Laker news, Yeah Kobe is playing in it but its not for the Lakers!!!! TLN should just stick to Laker related news.

  • http://ld2k.com LD2k

    [Comment ID #47894 Will Be Quoted Here]
    We do ;)

    Check underneath it – Lakers ranked 3rd best “trio” in league ;)

  • 123KID

    i dont mind usa basketball being showed. but i wish theres like a schedule of when the games are and what channel it will be on.

  • MT
  • SliqRiq

    [Comment ID #47895 Will Be Quoted Here]

    I know I read that one, I guess you can say that Im more interested in Laker posts rather than Olympic posts cuz I know USA is going to take the gold not even a question about it.

  • phaman

    is it me or was every pass to bosh in the middle…was aimed towards his knees?..haha maybe im trippen…but what was up with coach K’s face?…he looked like he got socked up…anyway…good game…great defense from kobe…and why does wade always have to take the highlight reel from every1…haha the announcer was all like “he did a windmill on an ally-oop…now thats just stupid.”…haha

  • lafanfromindiana

    Makes no sense at all on why somebody wouldn’t understand why USA news is posted on here. Lets just say hypothetically Kobe gets hurt in one of the Olympic games and has to have surgery. Wouldn’t you want to read articles on here about the recovery process or would you not want to read about that on here because the injury happened in an Olympic game? Well, thank God, thats not the circumstances right now. Instead we are celebrating his team’s success in the Olympics!

    Thanks for the post LD2k and keep them coming!

  • lafanfromindiana

    Yea, what was up with Coach K’s face?

  • SliqRiq

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    Good point!!! I guess I didnt look at it that way, but I hope you just didnt jinx KB.LOL



  • 123KID

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    thank you MT!