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Team USA and other non-Rudy Quarterfinal Action

I woke up in time to catch the 2nd half of the US quarterfinal win over Australia.  The Americans broke open a 12 point halftime lead with a major spurt to start the 3rd quarter, and the Aussies were unable to climb back into the game.  Bogut spent the 2nd half on the bench nursing his injured ankle.  Final: 116-85.

Kobe led the US team with 26 points including 4 threes (a few from *deep*).  For Australia, the lightening quick Patrick Mills continued to impress me, putting in 20 points.

 

Earlier, Lithuania dominated the host nation, ending Yao Ming's bid to lead China to a surprise medal.  Jasikevicius had 23 points for Lithuania, while Yao had 19 for China.  Rudy and Team Espana will face the Lithuanians in what has the potential to be a terrific semifinal matchup.

 

As I type this, Greece and Argentina are locked in a terrific battle, with Argentina leading by 1 with about 3 minutes left.  Delfino has 15 points in the 4th quarter alone for Argentina.  Winner faces the "redeem team" with a spot in the gold medal final on the line.

 

Oh- wow.  Clutch 3 from Manu.  Argentina up 4.  2:20 left.

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