Durant issued warning to rivals
Kevin Durant led USA to a comfortable 98-71 victory over France with 22 points
Kevin Durant insisted London is yet to see the best of the United States after they brushed aside a strong France team 98-71 to open their Olympic title defence.
A France team with plenty of NBA-calibre players of their own were able to match the Americans through the first quarter but watched helplessly as they pulled away thereafter.
A one-point deficit at the start of the second quarter had become 16 by half-time, and the Americans came close to moving the margin past 30 down the stretch.
Durant had 22 points and nine rebounds to lead the Americans, but was able to sit out much of the fourth quarter with the victory secured.
"We started off slow, but we did a great job of fighting through a little adversity and pulling out a good win," said Durant. "Everybody expects us to win by a great margin but we know the game is not that easy.
"There are so many great players and teams here. We know the process, but if we don't start well we will do a better job of finishing."
Asked if the team, which had only a short training camp, was nearing the finished product, he added: "We're close. We've still got a lot of work to do but that's beauty of it."
The margin was such that United States coach Mike Krzyzewski was able to give playing time to Olympic debutants Anthony Davis and James Harden late on.
"It was pretty good for a first game, but the more we play with each other the more our chemistry will build," said Harden.
"We can't take our foot off the gas. Other teams can go out there and compete with us every time we take the floor."
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