Patty Mills was in good form for the Boomers.
Patty Mills was in good form for the Boomers. Elsa

RIO 2016: Boomers march into semi-finals

BASKETBALL: A ruthless Australia has blown Olympic bogey team Lithuania off the court with a magnificent 90-64 quarter-final win at Carioca Arena in Rio.

For the first time since Sydney 2000, Australia will contest the semi-finals with a strong chance of winning an elusive Olympic medal.

Matthew Dellavedova, who hit the first two shots of the clash, and five-time NBL defensive player of the year Damian Martin did an outstanding job hounding Lithuania's free scoring guard Mantas Kalnietis, who was restricted to just 12 points for the game.

"I got a few open looks early," he said.

"It's a good win but it's just another step in the journey to the gold medal."

With the Boomer' back court duo Dellavedova (15points) and Patty Mills (24 points) on fire and Aron Baynes (16 points) stepping up in the big-man department, Australia strangled the world No.3 Lithuania out of the contest in the first half, forcing numerous turnovers, while restricting its opponents to just 30 points.

The Boomers went into the second half with a commanding 18-point lead which was extended to 70-43 heading into the last quarter.

Australia will now meet Serbia in the semi-final on Saturday morning (8am AEST).

The lopsided 26-point victory was sweet for Australia after Lithuania denied the Boomers a bronze medal in Atlanta in 1996 and again in Sydney four years later.

The Boomers started quickly, Dellavedova hitting two quick three-pointers and Australia picking up two offensive fouls in the opening 90 seconds.

They continued to spread the ball in offence and when a wide open Mills made his second bomb from the top of the key they led 19-6.

Lithuania was racking up the turnovers as Australia's perimeter game put them under intense pressure.

Mills uncharacteristically missed a pair of free throws and picked up his first foul of the clash before coach Andrej Lemanis gave him a breather.

Dellavedova drained a massive buzzer-beating three-pointer to send the Boomers to quarter time leading 26-17.

The Boomers launched the second quarter with an 8-2 run moving out to a 34-19 lead before a big two-handed dunk by a back-cutting Andrew Bogut off a smooth Martin pass.

Lithuania picked up a technical for flopping allowing Dellavedova to increase the lead to 42-24.

Another trip to the stripe and Joe Ingles opened his scoring with two free throws backed up by a steal and another as the score blew out to 46-24.

The Boomers went to the long break with a stunning 48-30 lead with Lithuania forced into 13 second-quarter turnovers.

Lithuanian danger man Jonas Maciulis picked up his fourth foul half way through the third quarter making him a target for the Boomers offence keep to get him out of the game.

Sparked by Kalnietis, Lithuania made a mini run at the Boomers, cutting the margin to 14 points before a Baynes dunk and another Mills bomb got them back out to a 20-point lead with three minutes of the term remaining.

Australia's biggest lead in the game was 32 points.