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Published on Jul 13, 2012
LAS VEGAS -- Kevin Durant picked up where he left off in international competition, scoring 24 points and grabbing 10 rebounds to lead the U.S. Olympic basketball team to a 113-59 victory over the Dominican Republic on Thursday night in an exhibition game. The MVP of the world basketball championship two years ago, Durant came off the bench to shoot 9 of 11 from the field, making 5 of 6 3-pointers in 22 minutes. Andre Iguodala added 18 points and Carmelo Anthony had 13 for the Americans, who were without All-Star forward Blake Griffin. He returned to Los Angeles for evaluation Thursday after experiencing discomfort following practice Wednesday in his left knee, the same one that bothered him in the playoffs. Alternate Anthony Davis took his place and was in uniform against his college coach, John Calipari of national champion Kentucky. But Calipari was the on the wrong end of the talent mismatch in this one, calling a few timeouts but probably knowing there was no strategy to stop the onslaught of U.S. fast breaks. Davis, the national player of the year as a freshman and No. 1 pick in the NBA draft, had been unable to make the 12-man roster after being unable to scrimmage before it was selected while recovering from a sprained ankle. But USA Basketball leadership believes his rebounding and shot blocking could be a good addition to an undersized team in case of an injury, and he scored nine points in 10 fourth-quarter minutes. "Dream team2012" "Dominican Republic" "exhibition game" "blake griffin" "Mike Krzyzewski" injury knee training practice conversation coach "Las Vegas" "American national team" "London Olympics" interview "kobe bryant" "LeBron James" "Kevin Durant" "Dwyane Wade" "Chris Bosh" "Andre Iguodala" "Carmelo Anthony" "Deron Williams" "Chris Paul" "Kevin Love" "Tyson Chandler" "Russell Westbrook" "James Harden" "Serge Ibaka" "Kendrick Perkins" "Paul Pierce" "Kevin Garnett" "Rajon Rondo" "derrick rose"