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Second-half surge lifts USA men’s basketball team over Argentina

Published 08/06/2012, INFORUM

LONDON – Kevin Durant shot the U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team out of trouble, and right into the top seed in their group. Durant scored 17 of his 28 points during the Americans’ explosive 42-point third quarter, turning a one-point game into a blowout that sent the U.S. soaring into the quarterfinals with a 126-97 victory over Argentina on Monday night. The NBA scoring champion matched the Argentines’ point total in the period, going 5 of 6 from 3-point range, the last one from well beyond 25 feet. The Americans didn’t stop shooting and scoring until Carmelo Anthony made a 3-pointer in the final second of the quarter while taking what he and the U.S. bench right behind him felt was a cheap shot from Argentina’s Facundo Campazzo, setting off an exchange of words and technical fouls. “You kind of want to send a message a little bit,” Kobe Bryant said. “This was the second game in a row that this team has played us close. We didn’t want to give them confidence.”

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