Originally posted on Project Spurs  |  Last updated 8/4/12
Nigeria came into Saturday’s Olympic preliminary round game against Argentina looking similar to the way the United States had smoked them on Thursday by 83 points. Argentina got whatever they wanted early on Saturday as they held a 20-point lead going into halftime, but then Nigeria played a much better second half, though in the end, Argentina still won 93-79. San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (13 points, 8 assists, 2 steals) wasn’t the leading scorer in this contest, but his passing was huge for the Argentines in the game. Here’s the rundown by halves. First half: Argentina (ARG) 57, Nigeria (NGR) 37 Argentina didn’t have to do much against Nigeria in terms of attacking the basket in the first half, as they made 8-of-11 three pointers. Easy shots usually means great passing, and Argentina displayed that as they assisted on 18 of their 21 made first half baskets. Andres Nocioni led all scorers with 14 points at the half, while Carlos Delfino added 11 points. Ginobili and L...
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