LeBron James and Kobe Bryant took a seat, then the U.S. Olympic basketball team took control.
The Americans got their expected blowout and fans got the show they came to see in the 110-63 win over Tunisia, but only after U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski started his reserves to open the second half after a lackluster first 20 minutes.
Finally pulling away behind the second unit's impressive second-half start, the Americans had six players in double figures and improved to 2-0 in the tournament.
Carmelo Anthony, Deron Williams, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love and Andre Iguodala opened the third quarter with a 21-3 run, turning a surprisingly close 13-point lead into a 67-36 bulge before any of the more celebrated starters finally got to play in the second half.
Anthony and Love scored 16 points apiece for the Americans, who gave the fans the dunk show they expected once the game was in hand. Kevin Durant had 13 and rookie Anthony Davis dunked his way to 12.
But they had to work hard to make this one look easy.
Makram Ben Romdhane scored 22 for Tunisia, the African champion playing in just its second Olympic game.
Hancock wins second straight gold medal in men's skeet
Vincent Hancock won the gold medal in the men's skeet competition, his second straight, and gave the U.S. a skeet sweep, after Kimberly Rhode won the women's competition this week.
Hancock clinched the gold on his next-to-last shot, and missed only twice in 150 tries. Hancock topped his own Olympic record by hitting 123 targets in qualifying earlier Tuesday, and was 25-for-25 in the medal round to wrap up his second consecutive gold medal.
U.S. easily defeats Germany in men's volleyball prelims
Clay Stanley scored 16 points and the U.S. men's volleyball team improved to 2-0 in preliminary pool play with a three-set victory over Germany.
Matt Anderson added 15 points in the 25-23, 25-16, 25-20 win for the defending Olympic champions.
The United States opened preliminary pool play with a three-set sweep of Serbia on Sunday.
Taylor, U.S. down Argentinain women's field hockey
Shannon Taylor scored late in the first half and the United States upset Argentina 1-0 in women's field hockey.
The Americans, 1-1 at the London Games, got into the Olympics by stunning Argentina 4-2 in last year's final at the Pan American Games.
That was considered the biggest victory in U.S. field hockey history. Not anymore, perhaps.
The Americans controlled long stretches of play against the No. 2-ranked team in the world, got some key saves from Amy Swensen and kept Argentine star Luciana Aymar largely silent throughout.
U.S. topples Romania in men's water polo
The United States recovered from a slow start to edge Romania 10-8 in men's water polo.
Trailing 5-3 halfway through the second quarter, the Americans cranked up the defense and shut down Romania while scoring four unanswered goals of their own — two by veteran Ryan Bailey — to take control of the match.
Bailey and Peter Varellas led the Americans with three goals apiece.
The U.S., which is looking for its first water polo gold since 1904, joined Serbia atop Group B with the win.
Djokovic drubs Roddick to advance to third round
Andy Roddick sprinted forward to scoop up a ball near the net, then backpedaled for another shot, leaping, stretching and swinging in one desperate motion.
He hit the ball into a camera bay.
So it went for Roddick, outclassed by Novak Djokovic in the second round, 6-2, 6-1.
The drubbing was a dismal result for Roddick, whose declining fortunes in recent months have left the American fending off questions about retirement.
Like Djokovic, American Venus Williams charged into the third round. She won 15 of 16 points when she reached the net and beat Aleksandra Wozniak 6-1, 6-3.
Maria Sharapova had 10 aces and beat Laura Robson 7-6 (5), 6-3, and British hopeful Andy Murray, seeded No. 3, advanced by beating Jarkko Nieminen 6-2, 6-4.
The longest set in Olympic history was played when Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated Milos Raonic 6-3, 3-6, 25-23 in a second-round match that lasted lasted 3 hours, 57 minutes.
News and notes
With Zara Phillips riding before her royal family, including Princes William and Harry and William's wife Kate, Britain won silver in equestrian team eventing. … A female judo fighter from Saudi Arabia was cleared to wear a form of headscarf after a compromise was reached that respects the "cultural sensitivity" of the Muslim kingdom. Judo officials had said they would not let Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani compete in a headscarf because it was against the principles of the sport and raised safety concerns.