Argentina was down by one point to the United States at the half on Monday, but it had become a blowout after three quarters.
En route to a 126-97 victory in Group A play on Monday, the U.S. outscored the Argentinians in the third quarter, 42-17, as Kevin Durant simply went off in the second half.
Durant, the NBA's leading scorer this past season, ended up with 28 points at the end of it, going 9-for-12 from the field and 8-for-10 from long distance. Durant made five three-pointers in the third quarter alone.
Other top Americans included LeBron James (18 points, five assists), Chris Paul (17 points, seven assists), Kevin Love (13 points, nine rebounds) and Andre Iguodala (13 points, nine rebounds).
Argentina shot nearly 51 percent from the field on Monday and still lost by 29 points. That was in large part due to the Americans' three-point shooting (20-for-39), rebounding (46 to 28) and ball control (eight turnovers to Argentina's 16). The U.S. had 19 offensive rebounds in the contest.
Manu Ginobili continued to be Argentina's best player, posting 16 points, six assists and five rebounds while going 4-for-7 from the floor and 7-for-7 from the free-throw line. He also continued to be the world's best flopper (meant as a compliment), drawing a phantom foul from James at the end of the first half.
The Americans continue to look like a curious bunch. They looked beatable in the first half, but—propelled by Durant—went on a surge in the third quarter reminiscent of their play against Nigeria in their record-setting 156-73 victory.
The reality is, nobody can match up with the United States' talent when the team is motivated. It only took one quarter on Monday to affirm who the best basketball team is in the 2012 London Olympics.
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