Olympic Men’s Basketball Reach Semi-Finals Round

Updated: August 9, 2012

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LONDON – Men’s basketball events at the 2012 London Olympic Games are set to advance in an incredible fashion, as USA, Argentina, Spain and Russia move on to the semi-finals round.

USA, the gold medal favourite, performed spectacularly in beating Australia 119-86. The Australians struggled to keep focused against the feisty-scoring Americans, but were not able to charge against leading man Kobe Bryant’s attacks.

Kobe took the helm with 20 points. Other players followed suit, with Deron Williams scoring 18, Carmelo Anthony 17, Kevin Durant 14, LeBron James 11 and Kevin Love, 10.

Australia’s scoring force consisted of Patty Mills with 26 and Joe Ingles 19.

Argentina, Team USA’s semi-finals opponent, reached the semi-finals for the third consecutive Olympics by defeating South American neighbours Brazil 82-77.

Luis Scola stood as the Argentinian’s lead scorer with 17 points, followed by Carlos Delfino and Manu Ginobili with 16 points each, Andres Nocioni 12 and Jonas Gutierrez 11. Brazil’s Leandrinho Barbosa and Marcelinho Huertas gave 22 points each.

Russia trounced Lithuania 83-74 to make it to the semi-finals against Spain.

Three-time bronze medallist Lithuania posted a 14-point lead in the middle of the third quarter, with Rimantas Kaukenas contributing 19 points, Darius Songaila 15 and Mantas Kalnietis 14. The Russians overtook them to narrow down the gap and eventually led in the fourth quarter.

Andrei Kirilenko led for Russia with 19 points, Timofey Mozgov 17 and Victor Khryapa 12.

Spain, seen as the closest opponent against Team USA, sent off France in a tight 66-59 showdown.

Marc Gasol posted the most points for the Spanish team with 14. His brother Pau delivered 10. Juan-Carlos Navarro gave 12.

The French team had Boris Diaw and Tony Parker as their main score force with 15 points each.

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Olympic Men’s Basketball Reach Semi-Finals Round
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