U.S. 87, Angola 54
ATLANTA (AP) _ Charles Barkley threw no elbows at Angola, but the United States tossed its talent around Monday night and overpowered another opponent on the road to gold at the Olympics.
With Barkley muscling his way for seven points, nine rebounds and seven assists, the United States played much better then it did in its opener and beat Angola 87-54.
Karl Malone led the Dream Team with 12 points, while Scottie Pippen had 11 and Mitch Richmond and Reggie Miller 10 apiece.
Once again, though, the Dream Team failed to reach 100 points. On Saturday night, the Americans beat Argentina 96-68.
The point total against Angola was the lowest for any of the Dream Teams, and the lowest for a U.S. men’s Olympic team since the semifinal loss to the Soviet Union in 1988.
Four years ago in Barcelona, the original Dream Team beat Angola 116-48 in a game that saw Barkley elbow Herlander Coimbra and joke that Coimbra might have been carrying a spear.
No such roughhousing or bad-mouthing occurred in the rematch, although Barkley played the most physical game for the Americans.
Barkley entered the game with less than nine minutes left and the Dream Team leading 24-21. He immediately sparked a 14-3 run that gave the United States its first double-digit lead.
Other than Barkley, there were no real standouts, but Anfernee Hardaway was trying. A behind-the-back pass on a fastbreak landed in the hands of the Angolan coach.
The United States had nine dunks and 27 fast break points, outrebounded Angola 37-17 and shot 57 percent with five 3-pointers.
Miller had the first dunk of the game during the 14-3 run, taking a full-court pass from Pippen with 4:55 left for the game’s first fastbreak points.
John Stockton followed with a 3-pointer, while Pippen had a fast break layup and Miller made a 3-pointer off an offensive rebound to make it 36-24. Angola cut the deficit to seven before the United States ended the half with another dunk on the break by Miller, a layup by Hardaway and a hard slam by Pippen three seconds before the buzzer.
The Dream Team opened the second half with a 10-0 run and the lead was up to 20 points at 54-34 with 15:14 left. The lead to grew as many as 33 points.
Antonio Carvalho led Angola with 16 points and drew cheers from the crowd every time he made one of his four 3-pointers, and point guard Benjamin Uchahamba showed up Stockton by driving around him several times.
The crowd of 30,831 was announced as the largest in Olympic basketball history.