Serbia and Australia highlighted day three of the Rio Olympics as Patty Mills and Milos Teodosic locked horns in an intriguing battle at the point guard position.
It was also a chance for the United States to build on their convincing opening day win over China, as they face Venezuela.
The teams in Group A had a rest day.
AUSTRALIA IMPRESSIVE AGAINST SERBIA
Australia improved to 2-0 in Group B as they used a strong fourth quarter to despatch of Serbia 95-80 as they suffered their first defeat of the Olympics.
It was a closely fought contest throughout with Serbia holding on to a 63-62 lead after three quarters. And that is when the Boomers made their move finishing on a 20-9 run to secure the victory.
Patty Mills led the Aussies with 26 points but it was the performance of Milwaukee Bucks guard Matthew Dellavedova that was truly outstanding as he finished with a double-double of 23 points and 13 assists. Miroslav Raduljica led the Serbs with 25 points but for a center, was woeful under the boards, and only pulled down one board.
USA START SLOW BUT EASE TO SECOND WIN
The USA were briefly pushed by South American outsiders Venezuela before a second quarter run pushed them out to a double-digit lead, en route to a 113-69 win.
he game was knotted at 20-20 when a lay-up from Carmelo Anthony sparked a 13-2 USA run that put the two-time defending Olympic champions on their way to a big win. With that, Anthony became USA Basketball’s leading scorer, surpassing Michael Jordan.
Paul George led the 2-0 Americans with 20 points. Despite a spirited first quarter effort by Venezuela, they drop to 0-2.
FRANCE RARELY TROUBLED IN WIN OVER CHINA
Reigning EuroLeague MVP Nando De Colo had a team-high 19 and Tony Parker added 14 as France were comfortable 88-60 victors over China.
The win, that was secured from the second quarter onwards hands Les Bleus their first win at Rio 2016, while China still await theirs.