U.S. Men’s Basketball steamrolls Argentina

Team USA came through at the end and now face Spain on Friday in the Semifinals. Photo Courtesy: Andy Miah
Team USA came through after a rough start and now face Spain on Friday in the Semifinals.
Photo Courtesy: Andy Miah

By Alex Al-Kazzaz

The U.S. Men’s Basketball team is advancing to the semifinals as they defeated Argentina 105-78. What started out with the U.S. trailing by ten in the middle of the first quarter, ended up being a 27-point win for Team USA. This win gives Team USA their 23rd consecutive win in Olympic play and 74th in international play.

Team USA finished the game 46.1 percent (41-89) in FGs, 33.3 percent (11-33) in three-point FGs, and 70.6 percent (12-17) in free throws. They forced a total of 12 turnovers and collected 54 rebounds. 17 offensive rebounds and 37 defensive. Defense also had eight steals. The team struggled in the early going. Defense was playing poor and the offense couldn’t make their baskets. The U.S. found themselves trailing 19-9 and it looked as if they were on their way to being eliminated. But they were able to turn things around and go on a 27-2 run. The U.S. led 56-40 at the half, and they remained in control in the second half to secure their victory.

Kevin Durant scored a team-high of 27 points, Paul George 17, DeMarcus Cousins 15, and Kyrie Irving 11. Durant is now the fourth all-time leading scorer in the history of U.S. Men’s Basketball, passing Michael Jordan.

On Friday, the U.S. will square off against Spain in a rematch of the 2008 and 2012 Olympic finals. Spain fell to the U.S. in both those bouts, so they’ll be looking to extract revenge. The U.S. needs to be focused and ready.

The key to winning for the U.S. will be to excel both offensively and defensively. They do not want to allow Spain to get the better of them. They’ll need to make their shots and improve their coverage on defense.