Olympic Basketball Scores 2012: Updated Scores and Results from Today's Games
Saturday presented basketball fans with great day of action, as four games have already finished and there are still two more left on the schedule.
If you were like most normal humans and sleeping early this morning, here's a recap of what you missed and a look at what's in store for today:
Men's Preliminary, Group A
France 73, Tunisia 69
Tony Parker led France (3-1)) to victory with 22 points, giving France its third-straight victory during the games. Teammate and NBA baller Nicolas Batum chipped in with 19.
For Tunisia (0-4), Mohamed Hadidane scored 20 points and had help from teammate Makram Ben Romdhane, who added 17 points, but it just wasn't enough to overcome the French.
France is now 3-1 in the games and sits at No. 2 in the rankings despite sporting a minus-eight point differential.
USA 99, Lithuania 94
Who says LeBron James can't finish?
James scored nine of his 20 points in the final four minutes of the game to will Team USA (4-0) past Lithuania (1-3), who held a two-point lead with just over five minutes to go.
Lithuania was led by Linas Kleiza's 25 points but couldn't overcome the late attack by the US and James, who received help from Carmelo Anthony (20 points) and Kevin Durant (16 points).
Team USA leads Group A with a 4-0 record and an astounding point differential of plus-162.
Men's Preliminary, Group B
Russia 77, Spain 74
This was perhaps the best game of the day thus far, as Russia (4-0) came back from an 18-point deficit to overcome Pau Gasol and the Spain (3-1) squad.
Gasol's 20 points led Spain, who also saw contributions from Marc Gasol and Rudy Fernandez, who each added 10 points.
Timofey Mozgov (12 points) broke the tie for Russia with a slam with just 18 seconds remaining and Vitaly Fridzon took care of the rest at the free-throw line to earn the come-from-behind win for the Russians, who are now in the driver's seat of Group B.
Brazil 98, China 59
I can't really say this was much of a shocker, as Brazil (3-1) entered Saturday's game boasting a plus-47 differential to China's (0-4) minus-94.
Winless China never had a prayer, shooting just 36 percent from the field and 25 percent from beyond the arc while turning the ball over 11 times.
Brazil saw five players score in double-digits, including Marquinhos Vieira Sousa, who led the way with 14.
Brazil shot just under 50 percent from both two- and three-point range in the easy victory.
After the easy win, the Brazilians rank second in Group B only to undefeated Russia.
In Group B, Australia (1-2) and Great Britain (0-3) got underway at 3 p.m. EST and has Great Britain up by 10 at halftime as of 3:50 p.m ET.
The last game of the day pins Group A squads Nigeria (1-2) against Argentina (2-1). The Nigerians are coming off of that record-shattering loss at the hands of Team USA, and I don't see it getting any better for them in this one against Argentina.
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