Posted August 11, 2012 on AP on Fox
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The Americans say they are better than they were four years ago. So do the stats. But they might not be the only ones. In Sunday's rematch of the gold-medal game that produced a classic at the Beijing Olympics, the U.S. will square off against the Spaniards again. ''Spain is a better team than '08,'' LeBron James said. ''We understand that they're a better team, so it's going to be a good game. So we look forward to it.'' Who wouldn't, given the Olympic classic they staged in Beijing. The U.S. completed its climb back to the top of international basketball with a 118-107 victory, pulling away after Spain was within four points in the final 2 1/2 minutes. The game was 40 end-to-end minutes of all offense, all the time, and the Americans could be even more potent now. They are averaging 116.7 points -- just slightly off the Dream Team's record of 117.3 per game -- and set the Olympic record with 156 in an 83-point victory over Nigeria. They are averaging 10 points more than the ...
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