Nigeria - Argentina 79-93 Argentina earned the third win in London. They knocked down Nigeria tonight to improve at 3-1 record in Group A. Nigeria suffered the third straight loss and slipped at 1-3. Luis Scola (204-PF-80) stepped up with 22 points to lead the winners. Argentina started the game aggressively. They exploded with 37 points in the opening ten minutes to ensure an 18-point lead. The margin quickly grew at 20-point mark in the second quarter. Argentina arrived at halftime up by 20 points 57:37. Argentina stayed in charge throughout the third term. They entered the final stanza leading 76:57. Nigeria got within 15 points midway through the final term but Argentina stayed calm and coasted to the victory at the end. Carlos Delfino (200-SF-82) notched 18 points, while Andres Nocioni added 17 points in the victory. Ike Diogu (208-F/C-83, college: Arizona St.) responded with 16 points and 11 boards for Nigeria. Derrick Obasohan had 15 points in the loss.
Lithuania - USA 94-99 USA struggle to overcome Lithuania in Day 4 of the 2012 Olympics. After an easy win over Nigeria, USA grabbed a valuable 99:94 win over the Baltic State and improved to 4-0 record. Lithuanian meanwhile fell at 1-3 record in Group A. USA scored 33 points in the first period and led 8 points at the end of the first period. The victory was not however that easy for the favorites. Lithuanian bounced back with 26-22 in the second frame Linas Kleiza (203-SF-85, college: Missouri) reduced to 55:51 at the halftime. Moreover a 5-0 run gave Lithuanian team 56:55 lead as Sarunas Jasikevicius nailed from the arc. The teams exchanged some more baskets in the third period as Seibutis tied the game at 69:69. USA managed to grab 78:72 lead at the end of the quarter after Deron Williams's shot. Linas Kleiza later brought his team 82:80, while LeBron James (203-SF-84) made three for 90:86. No matter how hard the Lithuanian team tried to recover they finished with 5-point loss. Carmelo Anthony (203-SF-84, college: Syracuse) and LeBron James top-scored for the winners with 20 points for the 4th straight win. Kevin Durant (206-SF-88, college: Texas) nailed 16, while Deron Williams delivered 12. Linas Kleiza finished the game with 25 points in the losing effort and Martynas Pocius nailed 14. Darius Songaila notched 11 and Paulius Jankunas delivered 9.
Tunisia - France 69-73 France registered the third win at the Olympic basketball tournament. They held off pesky Tunisia to improve at 3-1 record in Group A. Tunisia suffered the fourth loss in a row. Tony Parker (188-PG-82) scored 22 points to lead the winners. France seemed well in control early in the game. They recorded a 20:15 lead at the first break. France held their opponents at 12 points in the second term and posted a 35:27 halftime lead. France boosted the margin in the third term. They led by 16 points midway through the period. France entered the final quarter up by 17 points 60:43. But Tunisia refused to surrender. They capitalized on sloppy French attitude to narrow the gap at 5-point mark with 50 seconds remaining. Nando De Colo hit two free throws and France managed to escape with victory at the end. Nicolas Batum (203-SF-88) scored 19 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, while Kevin Seraphin added 10 points in the victory. Mohamed Hadidane (207-PF-86) responded with 20 points for Tunisia. Macram Ben Romdhane had 17 points in the loss.
China - Brazil 59-98 Brazil thrash China to make the Quarterfinal appearance of the Olympics 2012. Brazil improved to 3-1 record in Group B after 98:56 victory, while the Asian team fell at 0-4 record. Brazil started with 4-0 run and then Tiago Splitter scored for 9:2. Guo and Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) exchanged the late baskets in the end of the period for 25:9. Brazil however could not score in the first four minutes of the second frame. China reduced only to 25:11 and then Tiago Splitter posted two for 40:19. Liu meanwhile closed the half at 42:21. The second half also belonged to the favorite team. Brazil won the third period 28-17 and added 28-21 in the last stanza. Marquinhos Vieira top-scored for the winners with 14 points, while Leandrinho Barbosa (190-PG-82) and Guilherme Giovannoni netted 13 each. Tiago Splitter delivered 12, while Marcelo Magalhaes posted 10. Zhu FangYu (201-SF-83) delivered 13 points in the losing effort and Chen Jianghua had 10.
United Kingdom - Australia 75-106 Australia earned a crucial win at the Olympic basketball tournament. They knocked down Great Britain to seal the quarterfinal appearance. The Boomers improved at 2-2 record in Group B. Great Britain fell at 0-4 record after the loss. Patrick Mills (183-PG-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) ran the floor with impressive 39 points for the Boomers. Great Britain dominated in the first half. They opened a 6:0 lead early in the game. The hosts stayed in charge throughout the opening frame to post a 25:18 lead after ten minutes. Reinking gave Great Britain a 42:28 lead midway through the second quarter. The hosts ensured a 46;36 halftime advantage. But Australia turned the tables in the third frame. The Boomers went on a 17:2 run to level things up at 53. Patrick Mills and Newley scored six points in a row as Australia gained a 66:57 lead late in the quarter. The Boomers opened the fourth frame on an 18:0 run and never looked back en route to the win. David Andersen (212-C-80) had 13 points, while Joe Ingles provided 11 points for the Boomers. Joel Freeland (208-F-87) answered with 16 points for Great Britain. Daniel Clark had 14 points in defeat.
Russia - Spain 77-74 Russia overcame a slow start to defeat Spain in the Olympic basketball tournament. Vitaliy Fridzon (196-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) scored 24 points to lead the winners. Russia are now at 4-0 record on top of Group B. Spain fell at 3-1 record after the loss. Spain opened the game with ten points in a row. The European champions earned a 28:11 lead at the first break. Russia slowly came back to life in the second term. They cut the deficit at 8-point mark at halftime 40:32. Vitaliy Fridzon, Viktor Khryapa and Timofey Mozgov put Russia in front 51:47 midway through the third term. Russia maintained the lead till the final break 56:53. Navarro and Rudy Fernandez put Spain back in front early in the final quarter. The gap grew at 9-point mark 69:60 with under five minutes remaining. But Kirilenko triggered a 10:2 run that put Russia within one. Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) returned a 3-point lead for Spain but Timofey Mozgov and Vitaliy Fridzon made it 77:74 for Russia with 4 seconds remaining. Marc Gasol committed a turnover in the final possession as Russia got away with victory. Anton Ponkrashov (202-SG-86, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) posted 14 points and 11 assists, while Viktor Khryapa and Timofey Mozgov added 12 points each in the victory. Pau Gasol responded with 20 points for Spain. Rudy Fernandez and Marc Gasol had 10 points each in the loss.
Carmelo Anthony says 2016 will be his last Olympics - 8 months ago
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Carmelo Anthony (203-SF-84, college: Syracuse) said after Sunday's gold medal win over Serbia that this will be his last Olympic performance and hinted that he could be done with international play as a whole. 'I know this is the end,' Melo said when asked what made his third gold medal so special. 'This is it for me.' Anthony, 32, has played in four Olympics for the United States. After settling for bronze in 2004, he was a member of the American teams that won three straight golds in 20... [read more]
Carmelo Anthony (203-SF-84, college: Syracuse) said after Sunday's gold medal win over Serbia that this will be his last Olympic performance and hinted that he could be done with international play as a whole. 'I know this is the end,' Melo said when asked what made his third gold medal so special. 'This is it for me.' Anthony, 32, has played in four Olympics for the United States. After settling for bronze in 2004, he was a member of the American teams that won three straight golds in 2008, 2012 and 2016. 'I stepped up to the challenge, but this is what it's about, representing our country on the biggest stage you can be on,' Anthony said. In a video posted to Snapchat after the game, Anthony said he was 'signing out of Team USA basketball,' which would mean he wouldn't play in other non-Olympic international tournaments. Courtesy of: si.com
Rio 2016: USA clinch third consecutive Olympic Gold - 8 months ago
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Team USA - Serbia 96:66 Team USA earned the third straight Olympic Gold. They cruised past Serbia in the championship game tonight. Kevin Durant (206-SF-88, college: Texas) was unstoppable with 30 points for the champions. Serbia were able to keep up with the USA for the bigger part of the first period. However Team USA capped the quarter on an 8:1 run to take a 19:15 lead. The North American side stepped on the gas in the second frame. Kevin Durant drained 18 points in the period as Te... [read more]
Team USA - Serbia 96:66
Team USA earned the third straight Olympic Gold. They cruised past Serbia in the championship game tonight. Kevin Durant (206-SF-88, college: Texas) was unstoppable with 30 points for the champions. Serbia were able to keep up with the USA for the bigger part of the first period. However Team USA capped the quarter on an 8:1 run to take a 19:15 lead. The North American side stepped on the gas in the second frame. Kevin Durant drained 18 points in the period as Team USA opened a comfortable 52:29 halftime lead. They extended the lead in the third term. The North American side dominated rallying to a 36-point lead at the final intermission. Team USA allowed Serbia to cut the deficit in the fourth frame cruising to a convincing victory. DeMarcus Cousins (211-C/F-90, college: Kentucky) finished with 13 points and 15 rebounds, while Klay Thompson (201-G-90, college: Washington St.) added 12 points for the champions. Nemanja Nedovic (191-PG-91, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 14 points for Serbia. Milan Macvan (206-PF-89) tossed in 11 points in the defeat.
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