LONDON -- Once again 3-point daggers sent the U.S Olympic Men's Basketball Team's (7-0) opponent packing. Making 18-of-42 3-pointers, the USA finished off Argentina (4-3) 109-83 Friday night to advance to Sunday's gold medal game of the 2012 Olympic.
Leading by seven points at halftime, Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) sank two 3-pointers in an 8-0 run in the third quarter that gave the USA some breathing room, 59-46, at 6:28, and then sank two more in the stanza to help the USA take a 74-57 lead into the fourth quarter. The U.S. went on to knock down nine threes in the final stanza, including four from Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks), to run away with the win.
In a rematch of the 2008 Beijing Olympics gold medal game, the USA will meet Spain (5-2) at 3 p.m. (10 a.m. EDT) on Aug. 12 in the 2012 gold medal contest. Spain earned its gold medal berth after rallying against Russia (5-2) for a 67-59 semifinal win. Argentina will play Russia in the bronze medal game at 11 a.m. (6 a.m. EDT).
"We are very pleased with our performance tonight against a team that we have great respect for," said USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski (Duke University). "They are just a championship caliber team with some of the greatest international players of all time, so we have to play really well in order to win.
"I thought we had our best balance so far. Kobe (Bryant) got us off to a good start. LeBron (James) really turned it on, then Kevin (Durant) and Carmelo (Anthony) followed. There was not just one guy and I thought our point guards really did a masterful job," added the USA mentor who is now 61-1 overall since taking charge of the national team coaching responsibilities in 2006.For the complete release, visit the official website of USA Basketball.