USA vs. Australia: Winners and Losers from Olympics Basketball Quarterfinal

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USA vs. Australia: Winners and Losers from Olympics Basketball Quarterfinal
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In a game that seemed far too close for far too long, Team USA eventually pulled away from the scrappy Australians for a comfortable 119-86 victory that flirted with the pregame point spread in the final seconds of the game. 

It's easy to look at the final score and just assume that Team USA manhandled a far less talented Australian team, but anybody who watched that game knows just how deceptive final numbers can be. There was great drama through the game that led some of us to believe if we were going to see a historic upset while wondering if certain players were past their primes.

The fight Australia put up while looking completely overmatched on paper (and later in the fourth quarter) should be commended. With eight minutes left in the fourth quarter, Australia was still within striking distance, down just 87-75. The Americans finished those final minutes with a stifling and entertaining 32-11 run.

Both teams shot eerily similar in this game. Team USA connected on 45.3 percent of their shots overall, 41.3 percent from three-point range and 68.8 percent from the free throw line. Australia shot 45.1 percent from the field, 40.9 percent from three-point range and 61.9 percent from the charity stripe.

The big differences in creating the misleading final margin of victory were turnovers and second chance opportunities. Team USA doubled the offensive boards of Australia with a 16-8 margin and forced them into 18 turnovers, compared to America's 10.

Overall, it was a fantastically entertaining game that seemed to get better and better with each chaotic moment (unless you were rooting for Australia). And even though USA won by 33 points, there are winners and losers on both sides from this game.

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