RIO DE JANEIRO (CBS/AP) — The U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team began its charge toward a third straight gold medal with a 119-62 rout of China on Saturday.

Warriors new superstar Kevin Durant scored 25 points and Demarcus Cousins added 17 for the win.

Teammate Klay Thompson started but didn’t do as well.

Durant and Carmelo Anthony are the only two returning players from the 2012 squad that won it all in London, and the pair of NBA All-Stars showed their young teammates how the American team
rolls at the Olympics. Despite not having big-name players like LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook, the U.S. is an overwhelming favorite to win another title.

Kevin Durant #5 of United States celebrates a basket as Gen Li #12 of China and Klay Thompson #11 of the United States look on.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Kevin Durant #5 of United States celebrates a basket as Gen Li #12 of China and Klay Thompson #11 of the United States look on. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Durant made three 3-pointers in the first half as the U.S. opened a 29-point halftime lead and coasted.

The Americans have won 69 straight games, and improved to 81-1 under coach Mike Krzyzewski, who revived the U.S. program and plans to step down following these games.

Kevin Durant #5 and Draymond Green #14 of United States celebrate a play in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Kevin Durant #5 and Draymond Green #14 of United States celebrate a play in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)


The U.S. plays Venezuela on Monday.

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