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Then & Now: USA basketball's blowouts

8/3/2012

The Dream Team and today's team: forever linked in history.

As debate subjects -- as in, which one's better?

As gold medalists -- that is, if the 2012 Team USA men win.

And now, after a 156-73 rout of Nigeria, as owners of signature blowouts in the early stage of the Olympics.

Yes, these two pseudo-enemies are more similar than you'd think, with the 1992 team dominating Angola 116-48 -- at the time the largest-ever Olympics win by a team filled with pros -- and the 2012 version offering that stunning win Thursday.

Even the pictures agree. So let's embrace these teams' similarities, not differences, as we look back at those earth-shattering routs: