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USA, Russia, Spain and Argentina stay in title race - Aug 8, 2012

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France - Spain 59-66
Spain became the second semifinalists of Olympic Games basketball tournament. They prevailed against France in a dramatic battle in London. The victory set up Spain vs. Russia clash in the semifinal on Friday. Marc Gasol (216-C-85, agency: Interperformances) provided 14 points and 5 boards to lead the winners. France cleared off to a 22:15 late in the opening quarter. Rudy Fernandez capped the period with a jumper to cut the deficit to 5 points. Les Bleus maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They recorded a 37:34 halftime advantage. But Spain tipped off the second half with seven points in a row to take a 41:37 lead. The teams then went neck and neck throughout the reminder of the third quarter. The lead changed hands for several times before France made it 53:51 with ten minutes remaining. Serg Ibaka and Llull gave Spin a 58:57 lead midway through the final stanza. Both teams then went scoreless for almost four minutes before Rudy Fernandez and Marc Gasol made it 62:57 for Spain. Calderon and Pau Gasol extended the lead to 9 points in the dying seconds and a jumper from Gelabale just sweetened the pill for France. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) posted 12 points, Pau Gasol added 10 points in the victory. Boris Diaw (203-PF-82) and Tony Parker (188-PG-82) responded with 15 points each for France.

Russia - Lithuania 83-74
Russia advanced into the semifinal stage of Olympic basketball tournament. David Blatt's team held off Lithuania in the first quarterfinal tonight. Andrei Kirilenko (209-F-81) scored 19 points and 13 rebounds to lead the winners. Lithuania led just in the opening minutes. Valanciunas gave the Baltic team a 9:6 lead midway through the first term. But Russia quickly gained the advantage and used an 11:1 run to make it 17:10 at the first break. The gap grew at 9-point mark early in the second quarter. But Darius Songaila put Lithuania within 5 points at the interval. Jasikevicius committed several crucial turnovers early in the third term as Russia gained back a 9-point lead 41:32. Soon Viktor Khryapa made it 46:32 for Russia. But Lithuania remained in the game as Pocius and Kalnietis trimmed the deficit to 4 points with one quarter remaining 54:50. Rimantas Kaukenas (192-SG-77, college: Seton Hall) put Lithuania within one at the start of the fourth frame but Russia used a 7:0 run to earn a 64:55 lead midway through the final stanza. Darius Songaila and Rimantas Kaukenas kept intrigue alive for some time but Andrei Kirilenko and Fridzon extended the gap 11 points and Russia secured the winning outcome at the end. Timofey Mozgov (215-C-86, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) finished with 17 points, while Viktor Khryapa added 12 points, 8 assists and 6 boards for the winners. Rimantas Kaukenas answered with 19 points for Lithuania. Darius Songaila had 15 points in the loss.

Brazil - Argentina 77-82
Argentina will play at Olympic basketball tournament semifinal. They overcame their archrivals Brazil in the quarterfinal clash tonight. Luis Scola (204-PF-80) knocked down 17 points to pace the winners. The lead changed hands for several times throughout intense first quarter. Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) capped it with a three-pointer to give Brazil a 26:23 lead. Argentina gained a 35:30 lead midway through the second frame. Carlos Carlos Delfino (200-SF-82) crowned the first half with a free throw as Argentina gained a 46:40 lead. Argentina tipped off the second half on an 8:3 run to take a 54:44 lead. The margin soon grew at 15-point mark before Brazil cut it back to 10 points with ten minutes remaining 54:64. Nene Hilario and Leandrinho Barbosa (190-PG-82) put Brazil within 4 points 66:70 with just five minutes remaining. Garcia dragged Brazil within two but Emanuel Ginobili (198-SG-77, agency: Interperformances), Luis Scola, Carlos Delfino and Prigioni knocked down 8 straight free throws late in regulation to seal the victory for Argentina. Carlos Delfino and Emanuel Ginobili provided 16 points each for the winners. Marcelinho Huertas and Leandrinho Barbosa had 22 points apiece for Brazil.

USA - Australia 119-86
USA completed semifinal picture at the Olympic basketball tournament. They knocked down Australia to earn the spot in the semifinal clash versus Argentina. Kevin Durant opened the scoring with a three-pointer but the Boomers reacted adequately and soon surged ahead. The teams stayed close before the USA surged ahead for a 19:12 lead. Team USA soon opened a 10-point lead at 26:16. But Patrick Mills (183-PG-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) put Australia within 7 points at the first break 21:28. Kevin Durant opened the second term with a triple and Team USA shortly accumulated a 12-point lead. They kept the Boomers at distance in the second quarter posting a 56:42 lead at halftime. Australia surprised USA with an 11:0 run at the start of the second half. Kevin Durant stopped the bleeding with a three-pointer. Kobe Bryant (198-SG-78) then drilled back-to-back three-pointers for the USA as they earned a 70:58 lead midway through the third term. USA entered the fourth frame up by 14 points 84:70. They stayed in control in the final frame. The Boomers tried hard but could not threaten the margin at the dying stages of the game. Kobe Bryant topscored with 20 points. Deron Williams (191-PG-84, college: Illinois) added 18 points, while Carmelo Anthony had 17 points. LeBron James accounted for triple-double of 11 points, 14 boards and 11 assists in the win. Patrick Mills answered with 26 points for Australia. Joe Ingles had 19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists in the loss.   

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Olympic Games Final Standings
 1. USA
 2. Serbia
 3. Spain
 4. Australia
 5. Croatia
 6. France
 7. Lithuania
 8. Argentina
 9. Brazil
 10. Venezuela
 11. Nigeria
 12. China
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
  Avg: 24.8
 1. Bogdanovic, BIH24.8 
 2. Mills, AUS20.5 
 3. Yi, CHN20.4 
 4. Gasol, ESP19.4 
 5. Kalnietis, LTU19.2 
 6. Raduljica, SRB17.6 
 7. Durant, USA16.8 
 8. Campazzo, ARG16.4 
 9. Nocioni, ARG15.6 
 10. Ginobili, ARG15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Gasol, ESP8.8 
 2. Diogu, NGR8.6 
 3. Scola, ARG8.0 
 4. Saric, CRO7.2 
 5. Valanciunas, LTU6.8 
 6. Yi, CHN6.6 
 7. Hilario, BRA6.4 
 8. Lima, BRA6.3 
 9. Nocioni, ARG6.2 
 10. Gobert, FRA6.2 
Assists Per Game
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Dellavedova, AUS8.6 
 2. Kalnietis, LTU8.0 
 3. Huertas, BRA6.6 
 4. Irving, AUS6.0 
 5. Campazzo, ARG5.2 
 6. Heurtel, FRA5.0 
 7. Teodosic, SRB5.0 
 8. Guo, CHN4.8 
 9. Rodriguez, ESP4.8 
 10. Vargas, VEN4.6 
Steals Per Game
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Campazzo, ARG2.6 
 2. Vargas, VEN2.2 
 3. Hilario, BRA2.0 
 4. Fernandez, ESP2.0 
 5. De Colo, FRA1.6 
 6. Yi, CHN1.4 
 7. Maciulis, LTU1.4 
 8. Barbosa, BRA1.4 
 9. Zhou, CHN1.4 
 10. Rubio, ESP1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekenechukwu IBEKWE
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ibekwe, NGR2.4 
 2. Gobert, FRA2.0 
 3. Gasol, ESP2.0 
 4. Bogut, AUS1.8 
 5. Diogu, NGR1.2 
 6. Yi, CHN1.2 
 7. Valanciunas, LTU1.0 
 8. Javtokas, LTU1.0 
 9. Diaw, FRA1.0 
 10. Acuna, ARG1.0 
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