LeBron James couldn't miss, not from three-point range, and certainly not while soaring for a series of powerful dunks.
And that was all before halftime.
James went 11-for-11 from the field, including making all four of his three-point attempts to finish with 26 points to lead the United States to a 118-79 win over Uruguay (2-4) in the second round of the FIBA Americas tournament in Las Vegas last night.
Despite playing only 14 minutes, he fell two points shy of the American record in an Olympic qualifying game shared by Carmelo Anthony and Allen Iverson.
The United States (6-0) also was helped by Amare Stoudemire, who had 19 points, Deron Williams who scored 14, and Tayshun Prince and Kobe Bryant, who added 13 each.
The Americans face fellow unbeaten Argentina tonight in the final game of the second round. A victory would send the United States into Saturday's semifinals as the No. 1 seed.
In other second-round games:
* Levon Kendall and Denham Brown, two former Big East players, both had double-doubles in Canada's 97-80 victory over Mexico (1-5). Kendall, who played in the NCAA Tournament all four of his years at Pittsburgh, had 14 points and 11 rebounds. Brown, who played on Connecticut's national championship team in 2004, had 11 points and 11 rebounds. Canada improved to 3-3.
* Larry Ayuso hit half of Puerto Rico's 12 three-pointers and scored 25 points in a 92-63 victory over Venezuela. The win means Puerto Rico (2-4) can reach the semifinals if it wins its final second-round game today and then prevail in a two- and possible three-team tiebreaker.
Hector Romero had 11 points for Venezuela (1-5).
* Luis Scola, of the Houston Rockets, scored 23 points to lead Argentina (6-0) to an 86-79 win over Brazil (3-3), which got 19 points from Marcelinho Machado and 16 from the Phoenix Suns' Leandro Barbosa. *