USA vs. Australia: Live Score, Stats and Recap

Stephen Babb@@StephenBabbFeatured ColumnistAugust 8, 2012

The Australians kept it close enough for three quarters, but Team USA once again made the final score look silly.

This time, it was 117-84 kind of silly.

Australia got hot from range early in the fourth quarter, even cutting the United States' lead to three points. Needless to say, the run didn't last. Team USA's perimeter pressure became insurmountable, and Kobe Bryant found his stroke in the fourth quarter.

Kobe wound up with 20 points and LeBron James got himself a triple-double. Carmelo Anthony and Deron Williams combined for 35 points, and Kevin Durant had 14.

Meanwhile, Australia moved the ball well and even found some success in the post. San Antonio Spur Patty Mills led the way with 26 points, and Joe Ingles chipped in 19.

Australia goes home, and the United States will face a dangerous team from Argentina in the semifinals. If there's any risk of Team USA losing out on the gold medal, this next game may be why.

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