Five different U.S. players scored double-digit points as USA overwhelmed Argentina, 109-83, on Aug. 10 in the men’s basketball semifinals of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.
Forward Kevin Durant led all U.S. scorers with 19 points and made 5-of-10 three-pointers. He was followed by forwards Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James, who scored 18 points each. Guard Kobe Bryant added 13 points while point guard Chris Paul scored 10 points with seven assists.
The game was close during the first half as Argentina guard Manu Ginobli made several good plays against the U.S. defense. Ginobli finished with 18 points and Argentinean forward Luis Scola followed with 15 points. But the U.S. caught fire from behind the three-point line in the second half, finishing the game 18-of-42 from beyond the arc.
After the game, Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers, who has served as a special commentator for NBC Sports during the Olympic Games, said he believed this 2012 U.S. National men’s basketball team is a far better shooting team than USA’s Original Dream Team of the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.
This team will never get a chance to prove Rivers right by facing the old ’92 Dream Team, but they will get a chance to win a gold medal as they face Spain in the men’s basketball finals on Aug. 12. Spain beat Russia, 67-59, in the other semifinals game to reach the gold medal game.