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Anthony, Bryant heat up, scorch Venezuela in TOA opener

Updated: August 23, 2007, 12:47 PM ET
Associated Press

LAS VEGAS -- Four All-Stars fired perfect passes to each other, ending when Kobe Bryant turned LeBron James' behind-the-back toss into a dunk that brought the loudest cheer of the night.

Just like that, the Americans had shown a glimpse of what they think U.S. basketball can look like again.

Carmelo Anthony scored 17 points, Bryant added 14, and the United States rolled to a 112-69 victory over Venezuela on Wednesday night in its opening game of the FIBA Americas tournament.

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