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U.S. beats Dominicans, 106-71, at basketball worlds

  • United States's DeMarcus Cousin, center, dunks the ball against Dominican Republic during the Group C Basketball World Cup match, in Bilbao northern Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. The 2014 Basketball World Cup competition take place in various cities in Spain from Aug. 30 to Sept. 14. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

    United States's DeMarcus Cousin, center, dunks the ball against Dominican Republic during the Group C Basketball World Cup match, in Bilbao northern Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. The 2014 Basketball World Cup competition take place in various cities in Spain from Aug. 30 to Sept. 14. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

  • United States's Anthony Davis, center, controls the ball in front Dominican Republic's Jack Martinez during the Group C Basketball World Cup match, in Bilbao northern Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. The 2014 Basketball World Cup competition take place in various cities in Spain from Aug. 30 to Sept. 14. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

    United States's Anthony Davis, center, controls the ball in front Dominican Republic's Jack Martinez during the Group C Basketball World Cup match, in Bilbao northern Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. The 2014 Basketball World Cup competition take place in various cities in Spain from Aug. 30 to Sept. 14. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

  • United States's Kyrie Irving, center right, controls the ball in front Dominican Republic's Ronald Ramon during the Group C Basketball World Cup match, in Bilbao northern Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. The 2014 Basketball World Cup competition take place in various cities in Spain from Aug. 30 to Sept. 14. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

    United States's Kyrie Irving, center right, controls the ball in front Dominican Republic's Ronald Ramon during the Group C Basketball World Cup match, in Bilbao northern Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. The 2014 Basketball World Cup competition take place in various cities in Spain from Aug. 30 to Sept. 14. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

  • United States's Anthony Davis, right, jumps for the ball with Dominican Republic's Eloy Vargas during the Group C Basketball World Cup match in Bilbao, northern Spain, Wednesday Sept. 3, 2014. The 2014 Basketball World Cup competition take place in various cities in Spain from  Aug. 30 to Sept. 14. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

    United States's Anthony Davis, right, jumps for the ball with Dominican Republic's Eloy Vargas during the Group C Basketball World Cup match in Bilbao, northern Spain, Wednesday Sept. 3, 2014. The 2014 Basketball World Cup competition take place in various cities in Spain from Aug. 30 to Sept. 14. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

  • United States's DeMarcus Cousin, center, dunks the ball against Dominican Republic during the Group C Basketball World Cup match, in Bilbao northern Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. The 2014 Basketball World Cup competition take place in various cities in Spain from Aug. 30 to Sept. 14. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
  • United States's Anthony Davis, center, controls the ball in front Dominican Republic's Jack Martinez during the Group C Basketball World Cup match, in Bilbao northern Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. The 2014 Basketball World Cup competition take place in various cities in Spain from Aug. 30 to Sept. 14. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
  • United States's Kyrie Irving, center right, controls the ball in front Dominican Republic's Ronald Ramon during the Group C Basketball World Cup match, in Bilbao northern Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. The 2014 Basketball World Cup competition take place in various cities in Spain from Aug. 30 to Sept. 14. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
  • United States's Anthony Davis, right, jumps for the ball with Dominican Republic's Eloy Vargas during the Group C Basketball World Cup match in Bilbao, northern Spain, Wednesday Sept. 3, 2014. The 2014 Basketball World Cup competition take place in various cities in Spain from  Aug. 30 to Sept. 14. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

BILBAO, Spain – Kenneth Faried kept up his sharp shooting with 16 points and the U.S. national team rolled to a 4-0 start with a 106-71 victory over the Dominican Republic last night.

The Americans surpassed 100 points for the second time in the tournament – and they were “held” to 98 points in their other two games.

They led by only three points after one quarter but had no trouble extending that as the game went on, as the Dominicans’ willingness to push the pace simply played into the Americans’ hands.

Faried made 8 of 11 shots, a 73-percent clip that actually lowered his percentage for the tournament after the Denver forward came into the game hitting 81 percent.

The Americans will finish Group C play today against Ukraine before playing their round of 16 game Saturday night against the fourth-place team from Group D, which is still to be determined.

The Dominican Republic (2-2) will face Turkey today, still in position to advance.

The Dominicans played without Houston Rockets forward Francisco Garcia, who entered the day’s play tied for fourth in the tournament with 21 points per game. He appeared to turn an ankle late in the Dominicans’ victory over Finland on Tuesday, and though he finished the game, was walking gingerly yesterday as he went to the bench after his teammates had come out to warm up.

The Americans ended up winning nearly as easily as their 105-62 exhibition victory on Aug. 20 in New York, though the Dominicans hung with them a little longer than that night.

The U.S. lead was just 25-22 as the Dominicans attacked fearlessly but didn’t have any answer for the Americans’ bigs. Faried had three straight baskets, a couple of them powerful dunks, and Anthony Davis knocked down a jumper to turn a seven-point lead into a 44-29 cushion.

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