''It was fine with me, definitely fine with me,'' Anthony said of the change. ''(Krzyzewski) came to us this morning, me and Chris, asked if we were OK with it. I'm like, why wouldn't we be? It is what it is. He wanted to put a different lineup out there against this team, see some different things. He's still trying to figure it out as a coach as well with this new group.''
Britain's home game was similar to the Americans' opener against China in the Beijing Olympics, where plays for both teams were loudly cheered. The boos were brief, when a light ''USA!'' chant broke out in the fourth quarter.
Basketball has little place in British sports, but with the national team returning to the Olympics this year as the games' host, the sport got some attention with a visit from the powerful U.S. squad.
In an unusual pregame scene, the crowd didn't seem interested in the home team's strange set of pregame warm-up exercises, choosing instead to watch the Americans' practice dunks, oohing and aahing along the way.
The rules of the game were then written shown on the overhead video scoreboard and explained by the public address announcer before play began.
The British, also including the Portland Trail Blazers' Joel Freeland and coached by Houston Rockets assistant Chris Finch, hung with the Americans for 10-plus minutes before the visitors' athleticism ran them off the floor.
''We knew what kind of level we had to get to to compete in the Olympics,'' British forward Kieron Achara said. ''This was a level higher than we were used to.''
Coming off a tough test against Brazil in an 80-69 victory Monday in Washington in which they trailed by 10 after one quarter, the Americans led by only three inside 1 1/2 minutes left in the opening period. They closed with 10 straight points, with Anthony nailing consecutive 3-pointers that made it 33-20.
Krzyzewski went with an explosive lineup of Durant, Kobe Bryant, James and Anthony - four of the NBA's top six scorers - and Paul late in the second quarter, and James scored twice on feeds from Anthony and set up Durant for another basket in an 8-0 spurt that extended a 10-point lead to 18, and the game was never close again.