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Matthew Dellavedova

US men's basketball team gets tested, beats Australia 98-88

The blowouts are over. The Olympics are underway.

After nothing but pushovers this summer, the U.S. men's basketball team faced someone who pushed back.

"This is the real world now and that's good for us," coach Mike Krzyzewski said.

Finally tested, Carmelo Anthony and Kyrie Irving had the answers.

Anthony scored 31 points on the night he became the U.S. men's Olympic career scoring leader, combining with Irving for all the Americans' baskets in the fourth quarter of a 98-88 victory over Australia on Wednesday night.

Irving — born in Australia — added 19 points, including a 3-pointer with 1:35 left after Australia had closed...

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