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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Dream Team Rolls, Russians Stay Alive

TORONTO -- Reggie Miller poured in 31 points and four of his teammates also scored in double figures as the U.S. team of NBA stars routed Australia 130-74 at the World Championship of Basketball.

In an earlier quarter-final on Tuesday, Serggi Bazarevich scored 27 points and Sergei Babkov added 20 as Russia broke open a close game in the second half to beat Puerto Rico 101-85.

The gold medal favorite United States and Russia joined Croatia and Greece as teams with victories in the opening contests of the three-game round quarter-finals.

The U.S., which barely achieved a 79-78 victory over Australia at the worlds in 1990 before professional players were eligible to participate, has outscored its four foes here by a total of 149 points.

The 56-point margin of victory surpassed Friday's 133-77 thumping of China and is the nation's second most decisive victory at a world championship. The U.S. crushed South Korea 146-67 at the 1990 Worlds in Buenos Aires.

Miller, who plays for the Indiana Pacers and is one of the top outside shooters in NBA, hit 9-of-10 shots from the floor, including 5-of-6 from three point range. He also made all eight of his foul shots.

Mark Price also went 5-of-6 from long range, as the Americans shot 63 percent (14-of-22) from three-point territory and 71 percent (46-of-65) overall.

"When you lose by that margin, certainly you're embarrassed," said Australian coach Barry Carnes.

Australia's Andrew Gaze, the tournament's leading scorer, scored 15 of his team-high 23 points in the first half when his team built its biggest lead at 17-10.

It was not until 12:22 into the game when Mark Price nailed his first three-pointer that the Americans went in front 27-24. Shaquille O'Neal, the leading U.S. scorer in the preliminary round, played just 11 minutes because of a sore back and scored six points.

In an earlier game between Russia and Puerto Rico, Power forward Jose Ortiz, who led Puerto Rico with 20 points, gave his team its last lead, a 64-62 edge, with a thundering dunk with 15 minutes to play.

But Russian captain Bazarevich hit key three-pointers during a pair of decisive eight-point runs that propelled his team to a 16-point victory.

The Russians, who let a pair of 11-point leads slip away in the first half, hit 10-of-20 from long range, while holding Puerto Rico to 38 percent from the floor. Russia repeatedly frustrated Puerto Rico's attempts to operate inside, recording all eight of the game's blocked shots.

"I'm completely satisfied with the outcome of the game," Russia's head coach Sergei Belov said.