Team USA Defeats Argentina 105-78 To Advance To Olympic Semifinals|
Aug. 17, 2016
Team USA and DeMar DeRozan defeated Argentina 105-78 in its quarterfinal game at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil today (Aug. 17). Team USA will now face Spain in the semifinals on Aug. 19 at 11:30 a.m.
DeRozan (USC 2009) had six points on 3-for-3 shooting, including a spectacular 360-dunk off a steal with 1:20 left in the game. He also added three rebounds in his limited minutes. DeRozan entered the game in the fourth quarter when leading-scored Kevin Durant (27 points) exited the game for good.
Durant scored USA's only seven points in the first five minutes of the game and the Americans trailed 14-7. They trailed by as many as 10 points early (19-9), but closed the first quarter on a 16-2 run to take a 25-21 lead. The run extended to 27-2 as USA opened a 36-21 lead in the second quarter and took a 56-40 advantage into halftime. USA stretched the lead to 87-61 after three quarters and finished off with a 27-point victory.
USA has now won 23 consecutive Olympic men's basketball games, with the last loss coming against Argentina in the 2004 semifinals. USA had won it previous three games by an average of just over three points and allowed the opposition to make 53 percent of its shots. Today the USA team won by 27 points, held Argentina to 38.5 percent shooting and outrebounded the smaller opponent by 11.
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