Scary start, awesome finish. Team USA wins their second straight exhibition game as they prepare for one tomorrow morning (well 5am Pacific time live on ESPN2).

ESPN: LeBron James snatched the opening shot right off the rim, raced the ball all the way up the floor himself and made a tough runner while moving away from the basket.

No problem with the ankle. No trouble with Turkey, either.

James scored 20 points and was a defensive force Thursday night in his exhibition debut, helping the U.S. Olympic basketball team overcome some early sloppy play to beat Turkey 114-82 in its first game in China.

“Obviously he’s healthy,” U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “He got player of the game. I voted for him twice.”

Carmelo Anthony added 17 points and Dwight Howard had some powerful dunks while finishing with 14 for the Americans, who shot 69.5 percent (41-of-59) from the field.

They allowed 10 field goals in the first quarter, then only 10 combined over the next two periods. They improved to 2-0 in Olympic tuneup play and face Lithuania here Friday before moving on to Shanghai for their remaining two games.

LeBron James scored 20 points, but was equally effective on defense as the U.S. beat Turkey on Thursday.

“We have guys that can come in and wear a team down. Wear a second unit down or wear a first unit down,” James said. “Once we realized it’s going to not happen in the first quarter but toward the middle of the second quarter and then toward the end of the third quarter, we can break the game open, and that’s what we did.”

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  • K0be08-09

    Lebron was killing them out there

  • DCLAKER

    IS THIS LAKERNNATION OR CAVSNATION,DAMN.Where are the real LAKER HEADS AT?

    LBJ this and LBJ that,MAN WHATEVER,I know it’s the olympics and that’s all good but DAMN what about CP3,D.Wills,D.Wade…KOBE!Really I’m hopin’ AB4SURE reads this ’cause he knows how I like to start @#$%,oops I mean…wait…YEAH $#@% like I said.

  • kb24bestever

    what the hell where is kobe he aint play or something lebron and the rest arent able to win nuffin by them selves they need number 24 the black mamba.

  • daboss1848

    kb is number 10 . . .

  • Phant0M


    Bronn Bronn

  • theLAKESHOW22

    Like I said before, the chemistry issues are obvious. I know they won, but they must prepare slightly more for teams like Argentina and Greece. You can’t take them lightly. I know they will take the Gold, but they need to make a statement from the get go.

  • http://ld2k.com LD2k

    Kobe had 4 points. We’re going to track all of the Team USA games here at LakersNation.

  • Kobe2k9

    Kobe didn’t look that great I think he’s physically tired, he had sloppy handling and hid D was shaky too, or maybe he’s just taking it easy until next week, but the Wade, Bron, and Carmelo look pretty fresh, but they have had a long time to rest up. And J Kidd shouldn’t start he’s old, can’t shoot, slower than all the pgs. theLAKESHOW22 is right too about the chemistry, it’s definitely lacking, but only in the first half of both games and I’m pretty sure Kobe had 7 points

  • mfoznot

    Ok, So is the next game at 5 am pacific time on friday morning or saturday morning? I live in California and I need this clarified for me. Someone help!!

  • Anonymous.

    Jesus christ. Who cares if Kobe scored/played less. Team USA winning. That’s all that matters.