2012 Summer Olympics

Blog of Basketball Exhibition

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 16: LeBron James #6 of the US Men's Senior National Team huddles up with teammates after defeating Brazil during a pre-Olympic exhibition basketball game at the Verizon Center on July 16, 2012 in Washington, DC. The US Senior Men's National Team won, 80-69. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Avi Wolfman-ArentCorrespondent IIJuly 19, 2012

After a brief first-quarter scare, the U.S. men's basketball team settled into an easy 100-78 win over rival Spain to finish its pre-Olympic exhibition season undefeated.

Despite a boisterous Barcelona crowd and persistent foul trouble (most notably to Tyson Chandler), Team USA from opened up a double-digit third quarter lead and iced the game with a barrage of three pointers.

Carmelo Anthony led the way with 27, LeBron James added 25 and an active defense allowed the Americans to both negate Team Spain's size advantage and create open-court baskets.

Spanish partisans will note that Marc Gasol didn't play and that Team Spain likely kept a few tactical bullets in its chamber from London.

Maybe so, but I sense we haven't seen the best of the Americans yet either.

Stay tuned for a potential title-game rematch in London.

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