GUANGZHOU, China -- With Yao Ming out with an injured left foot, China never had a chance against the powerful United States.
LeBron James scored 22 points and Carmelo Anthony added 18 to lead the Americans to a 119-73 win over China yesterday in the China Basketball Challenge.
``We are always going to be ready to play. The guys are bringing a lot of energy off the bench," said James, who thrilled the capacity crowd in the southern Chinese city with several dunks on the fast break. ``We are producing on the court and taking care of business. We just had our stuff."
It was the second consecutive drubbing of an opponent by the United States, coming on top of last week's 45-point victory against Puerto Rico.
China trailed by only 5 points after the first quarter, but the margin increased to 23 at halftime and 40 after three quarters.
Besides Yao, NBA veteran Wang Zhizhi sat out with a torn ligament in his right knee. The other Chinese players struggled against the physically superior Americans. Du Feng led China with 18 points while 6-foot-10-inch center Yi Jianlian added 14.
Brad Miller was 5 for 5, including 3 for 3 from behind the 3-point line for the Americans.