Argentina vs. USA: Live Score, Stats & Recap

Stephen BabbFeatured ColumnistAugust 6, 2012

Despite coming out of the first half with a narrow one-point lead, Team USA once again found its stride and decided to play some defense.

On the back of a 42-17 third quarter, the United States went on to win 126-97 and secure an undefeated record in preliminary round play. Argentina, meanwhile, fell to 3-2 after losing this game and an earlier contest to France.

Kevin Durant led all scorers with 28 points and made eight of his 10 three-point attempts in the process. LeBron James added 18 points before taking a seat in the third quarter with four fouls, and Chris Paul added 17 points.

Manu Ginobili led Argentina with 16 points in just over 25 minutes of action.

While Argentina was red hot from beyond the arc early on, the United States' perimeter pressure showed up in the third quarter, and so did the game's tempo. From there, the game was a series of highlights and garbage time, just like most of Team USA's games in this tournament. 

The United States will face off against Australia in the first elimination round, and Argentina meets Brazil.