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With Carmelo Anthony back at full strength, the United States had little trouble with Lithuania.Â Anthony, who hyperextended his knee and left in the second quarter of a victory over Brazil last week, scored 19 points Sunday as the United States cruised past Lithuania, 111-88, in a tuneup for the world championships.
Anthony set the tone early with a slam dunk in the opening minutes that drew a huge ovation from the crowd, and LeBron James closed out the first half with a three-point shot just before the buzzer to give the U.S. a 56-32 lead at the break.
Early in the final quarter, James brought the crowd to its feet with a one-handed dunk that made it 87-55.Â The Cleveland Cavaliers star gave the Americans a 108-78 advantage with another jam with two minutes left.
Seven players scored 10 points or more. James had 13, and the United States also got double-digit contributions from Joe Johnson (12), Kirk Hinrich (10), Antawn Jamison (13) and Chris Paul (10).