LeBron James and Steph Curry join forces to torch Canada as Team USA gears up for Olympics

Las Vegas, Nevada - LeBron James and Steph Curry made a winning start as a Team USA duo in an 86-72 victory over Canada in a pre-Olympics exhibition game in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

LeBron James and Steph Curry teamed up for the first time to help the USA defeat Canada in a pre-Olympics warm up game.
LeBron James and Steph Curry teamed up for the first time to help the USA defeat Canada in a pre-Olympics warm up game.  © Collage: Ethan Miller / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

The two NBA superstars are part of a formidable roster that will be chasing a fifth consecutive gold medal when the Paris Olympics get under way this month.

James and Curry are playing alongside each other for the first time as international team-mates, and showed glimpses of a near telepathic understanding during Wednesday's game.

Curry finished with 12 points while James had seven as the US recovered from an early 11-1 deficit to cruise to victory in their final game at home before Paris.

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They decamp to the United Arab Emirates for exhibition games against Australia and Serbia next week.

Los Angeles Lakers ace James gathered Team USA for a huddle following a win which suggested the Americans will, unsurprisingly, be red-hot favorites for the gold in France.

"We know we can be a lot better, but we've only been together four days," James said.

"All the miscues offensively, and the turnovers. We'll get better with that – but it starts on the defensive end."

"As long as we defend, we'll give ourselves a good chance to win every night."

LeBron and Curry "just two guys who love to play"

James and Curry are part of a strong Team USA roster that will be the overwhelming favorite at the Paris Olympics.
James and Curry are part of a strong Team USA roster that will be the overwhelming favorite at the Paris Olympics.  © Ethan Miller / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

Curry agreed that defense would be the key to the Olympic campaign.

"We can work out the kinks and the timing on offense, but if we compete like that and commit to playing defense, we'll be fine against anybody," Curry said.

James, the NBA's all-time leading points scorer, said he had enjoyed joining forces with Golden State Warriors star Curry.

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"We're just two guys who love to play the game of basketball," James said.

"It's fun. We play the game at a high level, but more importantly, we just play the game that we love the right way."

Curry said winning a fifth consecutive gold would be a team effort.

"We just want to win gold, whatever that takes," he added.

"No matter what your stats are, no matter how many minutes you play – if everybody on the floor commits to just doing what you're asked to do, we'll be good."

Cover photo: Collage: Ethan Miller / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

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