The U.S. men's Olympic basketball team got the jump on Argentina in an exhibition game Sunday, building a 15-point lead by the end of the first quarter. But the Argentinians battled back all afternoon, and the Americans had to hang on for an 86-80 win.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski was pleased with what he saw from the U.S.:
"It was a great game for us because we played against champions. The Argentine team played like champions for over a decade and to play in a game like, I thought it was really our first international. I thought our guys did a great job at the start of each half," said Mike Krzyzewski, USA and Duke University head coach.
Argentina rallied from a 39-19 deficit in the second quarter to get within five; they were down seven at the break. They found themselves down 20 again late in the third quarter but once again rallied to make things interesting down the stretch.
Kevin Durant led all scorers with 27 points; he was 7-11 from three-point range. Kobe Bryant scored 18 and LeBron James added 15.