Kobe Bryant dunks as Sun Yue of China defends. (Dusan Vranic-Pool/Getty Images)
BEIJING -- It was billed to be the most hyped up team sport event - The U.S. vs. China in men's basketball.
The stage was set between East and West.
President Bush and his father arrived 30 minutes before the game to witness the event.
During pre-game introductions the NBA all-star team called the United States received a louder reception than their own team.
Kobe Bryant got the loudest ovation of all -- even over Yao Ming, who before the game said he knew the Chinese would not win but hoped that it would be competitive.
Well after one quarter it seemed as if Yao would receive his wish when the Chinese trailed 20-16.
But Dwayne Wade scored 19 points and LeBron James added 18 as the Americans whipped the Chinese, 101-70 before an overflowing crowd at the 18,000 seat arena this morning.
The U.S. broke away with a strong second quarter to take a 49-37 lead at the half. The game was put out of reach in the third quarter after Wade's three-point play gave the Americans a 68-48 lead.
Ming finished with 13 points.
It was billed to be the most hyped up team sport event - The U.S. vs. China in men's basketball.