Basketball
USA Powers Past Argentina, Into Finals
By Eric Lemus
Aug 10, 2012 - 2:23:03 PM

LONDON, ENG—Thursday, Team USA basketball advanced to the gold medal match after beating Argentina 109-83 in the semifinals of the Olympic Basketball Tournament. The two rivals met for the third time in a month, and for the third time the United States came out on top.

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The first half was thrilling. The U.S. got out to an early lead but the Argentines climbed back. After one quarter, the difference was only five points. A competitive second quarter would see the Americans take a 47-40 lead into the locker rooms at the half.

But once again, the United States pulled away in the second half.

A barrage of three pointers from Kevin Durant in the third quarter gave the U.S. a 17 point lead. In the fourth, it was Carmelo Anthony's turn from three, and the U.S. pulled away for the 26-point victory.

LeBron James followed up his historic triple-double with 18 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists.

The United States will face Spain in the gold medal match on Saturday.

The highly-anticipated match-up will see the Americans against NBA stars like Marc and Pau Gasol, Jose Calderon, and Serge Ibaka.
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