LONDON -- The Australians wanted to try to run, and Patty Mills certainly ran.

They just couldn't finish the job.

Mills, the former Saint Mary's College star, scored 26 points to lead Australia, but he and his teammates kept coming up short at the rim and eventually were swept under the steamroller that is the United States, 119-86 in the men's basketball quarterfinals at the London Olympics.

"Patty Mills just seems to get better and better," said Kobe Bryant, who ultimately blew the game open for the Americans with a 20-point outburst in the second half. "Every time we face them and every time I see him, he seems to improve."

Mills is by far the best talent the Australians have -- U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski praised him for having "one of the most outstanding Olympics, of any player" -- and he took his best shot at dethroning the defending champions and avoiding elimination.

The backup point guard for the NBA's San Antonio Spurs averaged 21.7 points here, and he opened the game with back-to-back 3-pointers. He drove hard into the heart of the American defense time and again, and started the third quarter with a 3-pointer, a steal and a layup to ignite an 11-0 run that cut the U.S. lead to just three points.

But that's when Bryant started taking over, and even a 3-pointer by another former Saint Mary's player, Matthew Dellavedova, couldn't stem the tide. The Americans outscored Australia 63-33 the rest of the way.

"They just got a roll," Dellavedova said.

Dellavedova said he was a bit nervous in his first international game against the U.S. but did the best he could. He was in foul trouble much of the night and scored just those three points, with seven rebounds.

"They're pretty deep, with the players they have coming off the bench," he said. "So we tried hard and tried to defend, but they just kept coming at us, which made it pretty hard."

The Aussies have lost their last four meetings with the Americans by an average of 26 points, and were eliminated by them in the quarterfinals of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, too.

"Disappointing result, but we're going to be proud of ourselves," Mills said. "We left it all out on the court tonight. It's a great honor to represent your country and play against the best in the world. You can't ask for anything more."