Mens Olympic Basketball; After a short start, the American men’s basketball team left Spain winning 95-81 in the quarterfinals of the Olympics on Tuesday. Kevin Durant led Team USA by 29 points, leading five players by double the number as the Americans beat Ricky Rubio’s fine game, which scored 38 points.
The United States looked to be in dire straits ahead of the winners of the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Rubio scored 13 points in the first quarter and Spain built 11, 40-29, in the second, holding the glass along the way.
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But Team USA closed out the first half with fourteen runs (14-3), marked with a Zach LaVine dunk tie to tie the game with 43 points. Then they opened the second half with a 22-6 run to lead by two digits. Spain did not score in the first half of the third quarter.
Spain closed the deficit to 69-63 at the end of the third quarter, but the U.S. It had the answer of all the Spaniards working in the fourth quarter.
Jayson Tatum scored 13 points, Jrue Holiday added 12, Damian Lillard 11, and LaVine 10.
The U.S. Defeat Spain in the knockout stage or the fifth consecutive Olympic Games.
The US will face either Australia or Argentina in the semi-finals. Australia defeated America at a show in Las Vegas on July 12.
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