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Opening statement: USA hoops crushes Puerto Rico

Updated: August 4, 2006, 9:13 AM ET
Associated Press

LAS VEGAS -- The United States emphatically reasserted its dominance over Puerto Rico.

Coming soon: a chance to reclaim its old spot on top of the basketball world.

Using a sensational defensive effort to overcome a slow start, the Americans overwhelmed the Puerto Ricans 114-69 on Thursday night in their lone exhibition game on home soil before the world championships.

"Puerto Rico played a great first quarter and they made adjustments to go against our pressure ...

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