RIO DE JANEIRO -- Australia always had the belief, and have now convinced the mighty United States they can win a historic Olympic mens basketball medal in Rio.The Boomers nearly became the first team to knock off the world No.1 side at a Games since 2004 on Wednesday night (Thursday morning AEDT).Thats if it wasnt for Carmelo Anthony and his record 31 points.A masterclass late in the fourth quarter from the Americans most experienced player turned a two-point deficit into a scarily close 98-88 victory for the U.S. - their 18th straight at an Olympics.While the United States put China and Venezuela away with ease, Andrew Bogut, Patty Mills and Matthew Dellavedova made them work hard for the win.The Australians, who earlier toppled top-six nations France and Serbia, led for large periods of the game and did not trail by more than eight points until the dying seconds.Mills finished with 30 points and Bogut added 15 points, while Dellavedova had 11 points plus 11 assists and six rebounds.That was the first real international game weve had, U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski said.Australia have probably played the best of anybody in the Olympics.They just play lights-out basketball.Theyre going to vie for a gold medal.Winning gold - not just a maiden medal - was a goal they set after qualifying for the Rio Games last year.I know many have laughed at us along the way, but perhaps tonights performance will help some others believe it, Boomers coach Andrej Lemanis said.Kevin Durant believes it, predicting Australia will go pretty far this tournament after what he came up against.But Bogut, despite being surprised by his own performance in just his third game back from a knee injury, wasnt all smiles.Were disappointed, he said.We lost. 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The Cairns Taipans have ended the Breakers three-match NBL winning streak with a gritty 86-79 win in Auckland.The visitors timed their run perfectly, trailing until the last quarter before powering away 27-17 for just their second victory this season on the road.The win was set up by an uncompromising, well-organised defensive effort, and finished in style by skipper Cameron Gliddon with a game-high 25 points, with Mark Worthington (17) and Fuquan Edwin (14) providing the back-up.Gliddon was lethal from long range, sinking five from six three-pointers, while also shooting four from five from the field.Tom Abercrombie led the Breakers scoring with 18, closely followed by Corey Webster (17) and Kirk Penney (16) while Mika Vukona dominated the boards with 10 rebounds.The Taipans were deadly accurate from the free-throw line, converting 15 from 18.They opened the first quarter with an 8-0 streak, before the Breakers started to fire, sparked by back-to-back Abercrombie efforts, to lead 22-17 going into the first break.The Taipanss proved dogged in defence and efficient on transition as the second quarter progressed, the Breakers struggling to find their usual precision in attack.dddddddddddd.Cairns took the spell 22-18 to narrow the Breakers lead to 40-39 at halftime but, although they controlled the tempo through the third stanza, the Kiwis edged fractionally ahead to lead 62-59 at the three-quarter mark.Cairns opened the final quarter with a whirlwind Nate Jawai dunk, then hit the front courtesy of a Gliddon three-point jump shot.Rob Loe answered from long range for the Breakers, but Mitch McCarron and Gliddon again hit from beyond the paint before Abercrombies three-pointer tied the scores at 70-70 with less than six minutes remaining.But that was the closest they could get, Gliddon proving unstoppable from long range, and Jawai and Worthington combining well in close as Cairns maintained control to the final whistle. 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