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Kobe Bryant scored 20 points, LeBron James recorded a triple-double and the U.S. men's team stomped into the semifinals of the Olympic men's basketball tournament with a 119-86 win Wednesday night over Australia.
Seeking a gold medal to match the one they nabbed in China four years ago, the Americans will meet Argentina in the semis. The U.S. beat Argentina in Beijing, avenging a loss to the South Americans four years earlier at the Athens Games.
The U.S. clobbered Argentina by 29 earlier in this tournament.
Down by 14 at halftime, Australia opened the third quarter with an 11-0 run that put a shiver in the U.S. squad. But Bryant made consecutive 3-pointers - he finished with 6 3s - and Kevin Durant drove hard to the basket for a vicious dunk to help the Americans regain control.
James finished with 11 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists.
Patty Mills had 26 for the Australians.
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Kobe Bryant felt the game getting close, then put it away from long range.
Bryant made six straight 3-pointers in the second half, LeBron James finished with a triple-double, and the U.S. men's Olympic basketball team advanced to the semifinals with a 119-86 victory over Australia on Wednesday night.
Bryant scored 20 points, flashing three fingers in the air after his third...
Kobe Bryant has woken up and that is a bad thing for the other teams moving forward. Bryant has is really the only American player that has struggled in these Olympics. Bryant found his touch again in the Americans 119-86 win over Australia in a Quarterfinal match up. Also LeBron James had a monster game what else is new?
Bryant really struggled in the 1st half but...
Another team up another team down for Team USA as they trounced Australia 119-86 advancing them to the men’s basketball semifinals.
Flashing three fingers in the air after his third consecutive three-pointer in the fourth quarter, Bryant finished the game with 20 points and helped push the game out of reach in the late stages.
LeBron finished with a triple-double, 11 points, 14...
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