Team USA thrashes Dominican Republic

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Aug 21 2014 12:09 PM | Updated as of Aug 21 2014 08:09 PM

United States guard James Harden (13) controls the ball in front of Dominican Republic guard Gerardo Suero (7) during the second quarter of a game at Madison Square Garden. Photo by Brad Penner, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.

NEW YORK - The United States hammered the Dominican Republic 105-62 on Wednesday in a basketball World Cup tune-up at Madison Square Garden in New York.

The lopsided contest gave US coach Mike Krzyzewski a prime opportunity to tinker with his star-studded lineup.

He was without Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose, who was a late scratch after returning to the game for the first time in eight months on Saturday in an exhibition win over Brazil in Chicago.

Rose had missed most of the last NBA season after suffering a torn meniscus in his right knee on November 22. He had previously been sidelined by a torn ligament in his left knee.

Krzyzewski started much the same lineup as in the win over Brazil, with Stephen Curry, James Harden, Anthony Davis and Kenneth Faried all getting the starting nod, and Kyrie Irving in for Rose.

The United States were quick out of the gate, taking a 53-21 halftime lead. Harden scored 10 points while Curry delivered three assists and two three-pointers.

Off the bench, Klay Thompson also contributed 10 points with two three-pointers.

DeMarcus Cousins, nursing a bruised knee, also saw limited action but looked back to full mobility after taking a knock in practice last Thursday.

The United States was playing without stars Kevin Durant, who withdrew from the team recently saying he was too mentally drained for a World Cup campaign, and Paul George, who suffered a horrific broken leg in a training game in Las Vegas.

The FIBA World Cup -- previously known as the World Championships -- will be held August 30-September 14 in Spain.

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