LONDON, England -- With the USA trailing
82-80 in the fourth quarter, LeBron
James (Miami Heat) scored nine of his 20 points in the last four
minutes to help the U.S Olympic Men's Basketball Team (4-0) outlast Lithuania
(1-3) for a hard-fought 99-94 win to remain undefeated in the 2012 Olympic Games
on Saturday afternoon at the Olympic Park Basketball Arena in London, England.
Williams (Brooklyn Nets) scored five of his 12 points in the last 4:31
as well, while Carmelo
Anthony(New York Knicks) finished with 20 points, and Kevin
Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) added 16 points in the U.S. win. Chris
Paul (Los Angeles Clippers) scored seven points, dished out six
assists, grabbed seven rebounds and collected four steals, and Kevin
Love (Minnesota Timberwolves) was the team's high rebounder with eight
boards while adding seven points.
Former Blue Devil Marty Pocius scored 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting. Pocius, who also grabbed seven rebounds, is averaging 9.5 points per game for Lithuania.
had to make some big plays to win," said USA head coach Mike
Krzyzewski (Duke University). "So far in the tournament things have
come easy to us because we've been hitting so many shots, and today because of
the defense sometimes I think we passed up on shots because of guys hitting so
many, you want to see them hit again instead of taking your shot. We can play
better, but we played against a terrific team today. We had 17 steals that
didn't translate to the number of points that they should. Usually we get some
momentum but today we got steals but not the points. It showed great resolve on
their part that when they did make a mistake, they recovered quickly and didn't
have their head down. We beat an outstanding team today and had a lot of game
pressure on us and we came through, and I am proud of them for doing that."