Friday, August 10, 2012

USA blasts Argentina by 26 to earn berth in gold medal game vs Spain

LONDON -- The United States once again had two much firepower for Argentina, winning 109-83 in the Olympic semifinals Friday night to set up a Sunday gold-medal game against Spain (10 a.m. Eastern).

The U.S. led only 47-40 at halftime, but turned on the jets in the second half. No player scored 20 points but five were in double figures -- led by Kevin Durant with 19 points and leBron James and Carmelo Anthony, both of whom had 18.

The big trade in the NBA today that sent Dwight Howard to the Lakers has been very much a topic of discussion in London, but the U.S. played what coach Mike Krzyzewski described as a "very mature" game to win going away.

Spain should be tougher. The Spaniards will present a tough matchup for the U.S. inside, with the Gasol brothers clogging up the paint. Spain beat Russia in the other semifinal Friday.

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