A top quality display of shooting from Carmelo Anthony helped Team USA to a 98-88 win over the Australian Boomers.
Team USA have had it all their own way in the early rounds of the competition, opening their campaign in Group A with a 119-62 thumping of China which was followed up with a 113-69 victory over Venezuela. However, on Wednesday night they were given a run for their money against an Australian team who proved their medal credentials.
The Americans came out firing early on, hitting seven first-quarter threes before Australia steadied the ship and ensured the first quarter ended level at 29-29.
With Patty Mills scoring 15 points in the first half, the Boomers then took an unlikely five-point lead heading into the half.
Galvanized by the early resistance, Kevin Durant recovered from a poor first half as Team USA scored the first nine points of the third quarter to take control before Australia battled back once more.
Anthony was a leading figure throughout and Kyrie Irving came up tops in the clutch moments as the USA moved seven points clear, their biggest advantage of the match, with five minutes to go. The Australians would not go down without a fight, and the game remained tight until a host of fouls late on allowed the USA to finish the game with a 10-point buffer.
The impressive Anthony finished with 31 points for the night, was 11/21 on shooting, and 9/15 on shooting from distance, while also chipping in with eight rebounds.
Patty Mills was the Boomers top scorer with 30 points, while Matthew Dellavedova and Andrew Bogut also starred despite Bogut looking short of fitness.
In the day's opening Group A clash, France edged Serbia 76-75.