Team USA Drops Australia, Advances To Semis
Kobe Bryant (pictured left) led the United States in scoring for the first time in these games, scoring 20 points just one day after critics called for Coach K to replace him in the starting lineup with Andre Igoudala. Deron Williams led the bench with 18 points.
James paced the U.S. with his triple-double of 11 points, 11 assists, and 14 rebounds. Kevin Love had a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds. And New Orleans Hornets rookie Anthony Davis saw the floor, but only for the final 3 minutes, registering 3 rebounds in cleanup duty.
Team USA continued their habit of turning a close game into a rout. Wednesday afternoon, Austrailia was competitive, keeping the contest close up until the halfway point of the 3rd quarter. Then, the Americans flipped a switch and dominated the rest of the way.