The Dream Team was much better than two days earlier, half as dominant as four years ago.
Charles Barkley threw no elbows this time, but the United States tossed its talent around Monday night and overpowered Angola 87-54 in its second game of the Olympics.
Once again, though, the Dream Team failed to reach 100 points _ the Americans beat Argentina 96-68 Saturday night _ and the 33-point victory margin was almost half as large as the original Dream Team's 68-point margin of victory over Angola in Barcelona.
The 87 points were the fewest for any of the Dream Teams, and the lowest for a U.S. men's Olympic team since the semifinal loss to the Soviet Union in 1988.
"Teams are slowing it down and refusing to run with us, and it's going to keep the deficits smaller," John Stockton said. "It's a challenge for us now to insist that they play our way and not their way."
Barkley muscled his way to 7 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists, and he gave the team an infusion of energy that helped it break away after another slow start before 30,831 _ the largest crowd in Olympic basketball history.
Karl Malone led the Americans with 12 points, while Scottie Pippen had 11 and Mitch Richmond and Reggie Miller 10 apiece.
Four years ago, the original Dream Team beat Angola 116-48 in a game that saw Barkley elbow Herlander Coimbra and joke that Coimbra might have been carrying a spear.
In other action, Juan Espil scored 25 points, including four free throws in the final 12 seconds as Argentina, using the same slowdown strategy that kept it close to the Dream Team for a half before losing, stunned medal contender Lithuania 65-61.
Croatia cruised past China 109-78; Greece got its first-ever victory in men's Olympic basketball, 89-87 over Brazil; Puerto Rico scored the game's final 10 points for a 98-86 victory over pesky South Korea; and Yugoslavia coasted to a 91-68 victory over Australia.