Rio 2016: USA men get through group unscathed, but not untested


The United States men's basketball team are bending, but they are not yet broken after edging France at the Rio Olympics.

USA escaped group play unbeaten on Sunday with a 100-97 victory over France.

Led by the shooting of Klay Thompson, who snapped out of an Olympic-long slump with a game-high 30 points, USA secured the top seed for the knockout stage, which promises an even greater challenge.

Serbia were too good for China 94-60 and Australia cruised past Venezuela 81-56.

USA's women continued their dominance in Rio continued with a 105-62 thrashing of China.

Elsewhere in Group B, Alba Torrens led Spain's women past Canada 73-60 and into the quarter-finals.

Serbia also beat Senegal, 95-88, to join Spain, Canada and USA in the next round.



One of Kyrie Irving's 12 assists, which tied a Team USA single-game record, was particularly impressive. In the fourth quarter, with USA nursing a four-point lead, the Cleveland Cavaliers star threw up a blind pass while falling forward into the hands of a leaping Kevin Durant, who buried a highlight-reel alley-oop.



Chris Goulding came off the bench for Australia and contributed 22 points against Venezuela.



"Everyone wants us to win by a lot of points, but that's not going to happen this time, so we've got to be prepared for a grind-out game and I think we showed the last few games we can grind it out. It's game sevens from now on," - Durant on USA's string of close calls.

"I think it's probably more physical here. The NBA is more open, open space and bigger court, where this is more of a grind," - Australia's Matthew Dellavedova said of the difference between the NBA and international competition.



Group B is up for grabs Monday with all six teams separated by a mere two points. A renewal of the Argentina-Spain rivalry headlines the slate, with hosts Brazil on the verge of missing the quarter-final cut in a must-win game against Nigeria. Croatia, the tournament's biggest surprises, can clinch progression by beating second-place Lithuania.

The elimination stage is already set for the women, whose quarter-finals begin on Tuesday.