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HENGYANG， China， May 14 (Xinhua) -- Fueled by a dominant first quarter， the Chinese women's basketball team gained much confidence in their preparation for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) with a 84-24 crush over New Zealand in 2016 Four-Nation Basketball Tournament here on Saturday.
""We want to play like a team. We want to be persistent and focused in our mind. I think we did that， and our defense was wonderful，"" said China's head coach Thomas Maher.
Led by Wu Di's game-high 12， 11 players had points for China. Sun Mengxin and Shao Ting had 11 apiece.
Compared with three warmup matches against Venezuela in April， China's roster was cut to 14 players. Their opponents New Zealand will also be on the stage of OQT in June.
Captain Lu Wen opened the score for the hosts with a shot beyond the arc. After Shao Ting made one of two free throws midway through the first quarter， China showed high quality defense to force New Zealand into several turnovers. The hosts took on a 16-0 run to set the score at 23-7 as the first quarter expired， capped by Sun Mengxin's magical buzzer beater near the half court line.
China continued to extend the margin in the second period， and led by 20 points on Shao Ting's layup with five minutes remaining. The visitors only had 13 points on 6 of 29 shooting attempts in the first half， earning China a 28-point advantage into the locker room.
China still kept the flow and rhythm in the second half， and sealed a 60-point win at the final buzzer， their largest margin throughout the match.
""We showed improvements in our team play. New Zealand caused much trouble for us despite the loss， and we still learned something from the match，"" commented Shao Ting.
None of New Zealand players had double-digit points. Antonia Edmondson finished with a team-high seven points.
China will face the Czech Republic on Sunday.
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The Golden State Warriors shrugged off the injury absence of Stephen Curry to take a 2-0 lead in their playoff series with the Houston Rockets on Monday.
Curry was left a frustrated spectator at Oakland's Oracle Arena after failing a pre-game fitness test on a sore ankle shortly before tip-off.
However, the Warriors made light of their talisman's absence, romping to a 115-106 win that leaves Steve Kerr's record-breaking side firmly on course to advance.
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With Curry absent, it was left to Klay Thompson to do the damage, with the guard stepping up to weigh in with 34 points.
Thompson added five assists to go with his points haul while Andre Iguodala chipped in with 18 points. Draymond Green finished with 12 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists.
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Curry's replacement, Shaun Livingston, played a key role in a fourth quarter scoring burst, finishing with 16 points and six assists.
Warriors coach Kerr said Curry had taken the decision not to play. His condition would be monitored ahead of Game 3 Nike M2K Tekno Italia , but Kerr stressed Golden State would not gamble on their star player's fitness.
Elsewhere on Monday, Raymond Felton scored 21 points as the Dallas Mavericks staged a late rally to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder 85-84 to level their Western Conference playoff series.
The game finished -dramatically, with the Thunder just missing by a split second what would have been a winning tip-in from Steven Adams after Kevin Durant's missed layup.
Durant was left ruing a miserable shooting performance, which saw him go seven-for-33 for 21 points.
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Paul George led the Pacers with 28 points as Indiana reduced an 18-point deficit to just four points in the third quarter before Toronto pulled away.
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