• 08:01 AM ET  08.18

Full time: Five up, five down for Team USA. The Americans have capped off group play with an emphatic 49-point thrashing of Germany [BOX SCORE]. Another very impressive performance from the clearly motivated U.S. team. Dwight Howard led the way with a double-double -- 22 points and 10 boards -- with LeBron James (18 points) and Kobe Bryant (13 points) aiding the winning effort. Next up for Team USA is the medal round, with Australia looming in the quarterfinals. The game is scheduled for 10:15 a.m. ET 8:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday.

2:13, 4th: Boozer dunks it home to push the U.S. team past the century mark. It's 100-55.

4:54, 4th: Boozer receives a feed from Tayshaun Prince on the block, squares himself to the goal with a drop step and lays it up for his first two points of the game.

5:47, 4th: Bosh goes back to the line for a pair of fouls -- he makes them both -- as NBC pans to Michael Phelps in a black T-shirt and Lacoste cap slouched in the stands.

6:24, 4th: This game has been in garbage time almost from the start but Chris Bosh is out there working hard, making the most of his minutes. Just there, the power forward converted an old-fashioned three-point play to extend the U.S. lead to 90-53.

9:51, 4th: Chris Bosh puts down a lay-up for his first two points of the contest to open the fourth-quarter scoring.

End, 3rd: The U.S. holds a 37-point lead through three quarters. Dwight Howard has been straight dominant today, with a game-high 22 points on 9-of-10 shooting and 9 rebounds. 

0:55.3, 3rd: Another acrobatic, highlight-reel play for Dwyane Wade: a beautiful up-and-under move to open the lead to 82-43.

4:26, 3rd: Chris Paul receives the ball all by himself beyond the arc on the baseline. He drains a three-pointer to open the U.S. lead to 76-39. Team USA has made 11-of-19 shots from downtown today after shooting 19-of-65 during the first four games in Beijing.

4:46, 3rd: Dwyane Wade throws down a ridiculous dunk -- the highlight of the game -- while getting fouled by Germany's Steffen Hamann. The scoring play opens a 34-point lead for the U.S. team.

5:10, 3rd: Chris Paul feeds Dwight Howard in the post. The German defense collapses on the seven-footer but he rises above the fray to put down a four-foot jumper.

6:13, 3rd: Dirk Nowitzki is apparently still in the building. His three-pointer brings Germany within 66-39.

6:40, 3rd: Another three-pointer from Kobe Bryant -- his third straight trey of the frame -- re-extends the U.S. lead to 30 points.

7:44, 3rd: Demond Greene cans a trifecta and, on the ensuing possession, receives an outlet pass and deposits a transition lay-up. The U.S.-born dual citizen has bucketed five quick points to pull Germany within 62-34.

8:31, 3rd: Kobe Bryant rattles home a three-pointer from the baseline, extending run of nine unanswered points for the U.S. in the third quarter.

9:46, 3rd: And Team USA starts the second half the same way it started the first: with a quick bucket. This time it's Dwight Howard, who muscles his way toward the goal and converts while drawing the foul. Howard drains the foul shot to complete the three-point play and open a 56-29 lead for the U.S.

10:00, 3rd: Starters on the floor for both sides to start the second half.

Halftime: Another awe-inspiring first half from Team USA, whose perfect record in group play appears to be perfectly safe. LeBron James leads all scorers with 17 points including 4-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc. 

0:02.7, 2nd: And Kobe Bryant's lay-up to break the German run should close the first-half scoring.

0:36.5, 2nd: Germany has put together a quick 8-0 burst -- its largest run of the game -- thanks to a pair of Dirk Nowitzki free throws, a Sven Schultze lay-up, two more Dirk foul shots and another Schultze lay-up. The scores pull the German team within 51-29. 

2:37, 2nd: Carlos Boozer and Michael Redd enter the game for Team USA, which has opened a 30-point lead. Mike Krzyzewski has already emptied his entire bench before the break.

4:06, 2nd: Jason Kidd, with his defender on a string, drives to his left and floats a perfect alley-oop offering into the lane. Dwight Howard catches the pass in mid-air and throws it down for another highlight-reel dunk. It's 47-19.

5:53, 2nd: Yet another three-pointer for LeBron. 16 points in 10 minutes. Team USA extends the lead to 45-17.

6:25, 2nd: LeBron James buries a trifecta -- his third of the game -- to open the lead to 42-17. That's his third three-pointer of the game and he's got 13 points in just 9 minutes.

8:12, 2nd: Paul cans a three-pointer to open the lead to 39-12. The U.S. continues to look sharp, showing no signs of letting up against its obviously overmatched opponent.

9:06, 2nd: Chris Paul scores to make it 36-12 and German coach Dirk Bauermann calls timeout to rail into his lethargic-looking squad. 

End, 1st: No letdown from Team USA in this one. They appear as sharp as they've looked during any first quarter in this entire tournament, logging eight assists on 12 field goals while staking a 19-point lead.

0:27.5, 1st: An energetic sequence from Deron Williams near the end of the first quarter: The University of Illinois product takes it directly to Chris Kaman and deposits a lay-up to open the U.S. lead to 29-12. He immediately steals the inbounds pass around the three-point line and drives toward the goal, attempting to throw down a vicious one-handed dunk over the seven-footer Kaman. He can't finish the dunk but draws the foul and sinks both free throws to open a 31-12 advantage.

2:19, 1st: Dirk Nowitzki gets onto the board with an old-fashioned three-point play, drawing a foul from Chris Bosh, but goes to the bench for a puff after converting the free throw.

2:58, 1st: LeBron James cans a three-pointer to open the lead to 23-5. It's a little early to call this one -- what with nearly 33 minutes remaining in regulation -- but it doesn't look like the German team has the horses to hang with this deep, talented and motivated American squad.

3:33, 1st: It's starting to look like Team USA has channeled the Harlem Globetrotters. LeBron James just logged style points with a beautiful finish on a three-on-one fast break to open the lead to 20-3. The scoring play extends a 12-0 run for the Americans.

5:11, 1st: Kobe Bryant drives the lane and misses a one-handed dunk to the dismay of the adoring crowd. Germany fails to convert on the other end and Kobe finds Dwight Howard for an easy two. That's 8 points early for the former No. 1 overall pick. Just like that, Team USA leads 16-3.

6:52, 1st: Sven Schultze gets Germany on the board with a three-pointer to close the U.S. lead to 9-3.

7:40, 1st: Some sloppy passing early from LeBron -- his second turnover of the game -- but Germany can't take advantage on the opposite end.

8:30, 1st: Jason Kidd attempts his second shot of the entire Olympic tournament. It falls and the U.S. leads 6-0.

9:57, 1st: LeBron James opens the scoring just three seconds into regulation with a quick lay-up directly off the tip.

10:00, 1st: It's Jason Kidd, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard wearing white for Team USA. Steffen Hamann, Sven Schultze, Demond Greene, Dirk Nowitzki and Chris Kaman have gotten the call for Germany. 

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We're about to get underway with Team USA's fifth and final preliminary group game from Wukesong Indoor Stadium in Beijing.


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