20 Jul 2012

United States thrash Britain in basketball warm-up

12:17 pm on 20 July 2012

The United States warmed up for the defence of their Olympic men's basketball title by handing hosts Britain a 118-78 thrashing before a 17,000 sell-out crowd in Manchester.

Deron Williams and Carmelo Anthony each scored 19 points among six Americans in double figures while Britain's NBA All-Star Luol Deng led all scorers with 25 points at the MEN arena.

The win came 10 days before the US face France in their opening Group A game at the London Olympics. Argentina, Tunisia, Nigeria and Lithuania are also in their section.