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USA and Spain set up title clash - Aug 10, 2012

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USA - Argentina 109-83
USA entered the title game at the Olympic Games basketball tournament. They bruised Argentina in the semifinal battle tonight to set up the clash versus Spain on Sunday. Kevin Durant (206-SF-88, college: Texas) scored 19 points to lead the winners. Argentina will play versus Russia in the consolation final. Team USA jumped to a 15:4 lead midway through the opening quarter. But Emanuel Ginobili (198-SG-77, agency: Interperformances), Scola and Nocioni returned Argentina in the game. They cut the deficit to just three points 15:18 late in the period. USA entered the second frame up by 5 points 24:19. Delfino drained back-to-back triples midway through the second term to keep Argentina within striking distance. LeBron James (203-SF-84) however answered with seven points in a row to make 37:27 for USA. Emanuel Ginobili capped the first half with a three-pointer to put Argentina within 7 points 40:47. Emanuel Ginobili drained another trey at the start of the second half but Team USA answered with 12:3 run to clear off. Kevin Durant connected twice from beyond the arc and LeBron James added a jumper as USA built a 72:53 lead with under two minutes to go in the third quarter. They entered the fourth quarter up by 17 points 74:57. USA opened the fourth frame with eight points in a row and never looked back cruising to the seventh win in a row at the tournament. LeBron James finished with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists, while Carmelo Anthony (203-SF-84, college: Syracuse) chipped in 18 points for the winners. Emanuel Ginobili replied with 18 points for Argentina. Luis Scola and Carlos Delfino had 15 points each in the loss.

Spain - Russia 67-59
Spain will play in the Olympic basketball tournament Final. They overcame Russia in the semifinal thriller. Spain thus took revenge on Russia for the loss in the preliminary round. Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to pace the winners. Sasha Kaun (211-C-85) and Khryapa gave Russia a 9:4 lead midway through the opening quarter. The teams were plagued by misses in the first ten minutes but Russia managed to secure a 12:9 lead. Monya hit a bunch of three-pointers to give Russia a 27:14 lead midway through the second term. Spain cut the distance but still faced an 11-point deficit at halftime 20:31. But the third term turned the tables for the Spaniards. Pau Gasol and Jose Manuel Calderon (192-PG-81) connected from beyond the arc late in the period and Spain levelled things up at 46 heading into the fourth frame. Anton Ponkrashov put Russia back in charge early in the quarter. But Llull and Jose Manuel Calderon organized a 9:0 run from Spain as they accumulated a 55:49 advantage. Jose Manuel Calderon hit another trey and Reyes added a jumper to make it 60:50 for Spain with under five minutes to go. Andrei Kirilenko kept Russian fans hopeful draining a triple but a number of misses from the charity stripe from Andrei Kirilenko sealed the deal for them. Spain celebrated victory and advanced into the championship game. Jose Manuel Calderon provided 14 points, while Marc Gasol and Rudy Fernandez added 11 points each for Spain. Sasha Kaun answered with 14 points for Russia. Anton Ponkrashov and Andrei Kirilenko had 10 points apiece 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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