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DeMarcus Cousins scores 12 as U.S. rolls over China in exhibition

DeMarcus Cousins had 12 points and seven rebounds in the United States’ exhibition victory against China on Sunday night in Los Angeles.
DeMarcus Cousins had 12 points and seven rebounds in the United States’ exhibition victory against China on Sunday night in Los Angeles. Sacramento Kings/NBA

The United States’ men’s national team cruised to its second straight exhibition victory with a 106-57 rout of China on Sunday night in Los Angeles.

Former University of Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins was 5-for-6 from the field, including making his only three-point attempt, while scoring 12 points and grabbing seven rebounds in 18 minutes. He also had two assists and was 1-for-3 at the free-throw line.

The Americans had opened their preparation for the Rio Olympics with a defeat of Argentina on Friday. Cousins had 14 points and a game-high 15 rebounds in that matchup.

Kevin Durant led the U.S. with 19 points and five assists against China. He was 4-for-5 from three-point range.

Klay Thompson also hit four three-pointers and finished with 17 points, three rebounds and two assists. DeAndre Jodan added 12 points, five rebounds, three blocked shots, two assists and two steals.

The Americans held the Chinese to 30.9 percent shooting.

The Americans haven’t lost a game since the 2006 world championships. They’re 47-1 in exhibitions since NBA stars took over the roster in 1992, going undefeated since 2004.

The Chinese team’s most recognizable name to North Americans is Yi Jianlian, the Milwaukee Bucks’ choice with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2007 draft. He spent five seasons with four NBA teams before heading back to the Guangdong Southern Tigers.

Yi led the Chinese with 18 points. Zhou Qi, the 7-foot-2 center drafted by the Houston Rockets in the second round last month, scored two points on 1-for-6 shooting. Exciting guard Zhao Jiwei scored 14 points.

The teams meet again Tuesday in Oakland, where Durant will play in front of his new home fans for the first time since defecting from Oklahoma City to the Golden State Warriors earlier this month.

They'll also meet Aug. 6 in the opening game of Olympic competition in Brazil.

Dennis Varney: 859-231-3514, @ExCats

The Associated Press contributed to this report

Next game

Exhibition: United States vs. China

10 p.m. Tuesday in Oakland, Calif.

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