In a game that was much closer than the final score indicated, the United States defeated Australia 119-86 to advance to the semifinal game against Argentina.
America was in control of the game until the start of the second half, where Australia scored the first 11 points. Whe What Do You Do When Your Friends Love Your Ex n the USA needed him most, Kobe Bryant got hot from behind the arc and hit six three-pointers in the second half. LeBron James chipped in with a triple double with 11 points, 11 assists and 14 rebounds. Carmelo Anthony had 17 points while Deron Williams had 18. Kevin Love was big on the glass, with Tyson Chandler in foul trouble yet again, Love had 10 points and 11 rebounds with 8 of them coming on the offensive end.
Bryant has been trying to find his stroke throughout the Olympics and he finally broke through in the game today. On a team with so many superstars Bryant can not command the ball every possession like he often does on the Lakers, and it has been tough for him to get into the swing of the offense.
Australia could never recover, as the reserves came in and the route was on. Patty Mills scored 26 points to lead all scorers and Joe Ingles had 19. Ingles keyed the “Boomers” third quarter run, hitting back-to-back three-pointers.
The Americans now will face Argentina in the semifinal game who beat Brazil 82-77. Manu Ginobili has been huge for Argentina this tournament, averaging 20.0 points coming into the game. The USA and Argentina will have played each other three times in the past 25 days. They played a tune up game in Barcelona prior to the Olympics and faced off in the preliminary round.