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US 'Dream Team' Denies Running Up Score in Epic Blowout

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After the U.S. Olympic men's basketball team defeated Nigeria by a margin greater than the points scored by the West African nation in Thursday's game, they found themselves on the defensive against accusations that their record-setting 156-73 rout was unsportsmanlike. Coach Mike Kryzewski forcefully denied that the Americans intended to embarrass their opponents. To the contrary, he told reporters that the Nigerians could reasonably have been offended had his team had not played their hardest.

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