USA vs. Argentina: Grades, Twitter Reaction and Analysis for Olympics Semifinals

Alex Hall@@AlexKHallCorrespondent IIIAugust 10, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 10:  LeBron James #6 of United States celebrates a play with Kevin Durant #5 as Andres Nocioni #13 of Argentina reacts in the second half during the Men's Basketball semifinal match on Day 14 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the North Greenwich Arena on August 10, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
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Despite an early lead for the United States, Argentina made a game of this contest for a short time, but ultimately fell to LeBron James and company by a score of 109-83.

Coming out of the gate with a few nifty three-point shots, the Americans had an early 18-6 lead against their semifinals opponent in the first quarter, but all signs of a blowout disappeared until the second half.

The Argentinians immediately awoke after the 18th point was scored upon them and began to put their best effort together to pull off the upset victory.

It took Argentina just three minutes to cut Team USA's lead to five, and as the first quarter came to a close, the scoreboard displayed 24-19 in favor of the Americans.

The U.S. began to find its rhythm in the second quarter, building as much as a 10-point lead before Argentina once again rallied back.

Capped off by Manu Ginobili's last-second three-pointer, Argentina cut the deficit to seven by halftime, 47-40.

Team USA began to pull away midway through the third quarter, in large part due to Kevin Durant, who made some key three-pointers. He came up huge for Team USA in the second half, and Durant's teammates didn't let that effort go to waste.

Carmelo Anthony posted double-digit points in the fourth quarter when the game was all but over, converting four three-point shots before the final buzzer. 

 

Twitter Reaction

Chuck star and Nerd Machine creator Zachary Levi is currently in London and wanted to let his followers know whom he was rooting for as he watched this semifinal game, tweeting:

Men’s Basketball Semi Finals. USA vs Argentina. Guess who I’m cheering for. #TeamUSA

— Zachary Levi (@ZacharyLevi) August 10, 2012

 

Bleacher Report's official twitter account reacted to the NBC broadcaster's comment about Argentina's chances during Team USA's first quarter run, tweeting:

"Argentina's in trouble." - Understatement of the year.

— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 10, 2012

 

 

Grades for Key Players

Manu Ginobili, Argentina: B

Argentina might not have won this contest, but the team would not have kept the score as close as it was during the first half if not for the San Antonio Spur.

The NBA veteran posted 18 points in the contest and produced for his team despite having Russell Westbrook and Kobe Bryant guarding him at times.

Ginobili was on the floor almost the entire time his team was in contention, and the only reason his team was remotely close in this semifinal game was due to his stellar play.

 

Kevin Durant, United States: B+

Durant might not have had a huge first half, but his 12 points in the third quarter helped the Americans increase their lead to almost 20 points after Argentina cut the deficit to just seven before intermission. 

The Oklahoma City star and fellow Team USA member LeBron James combined for 19 points in the quarter that effectively won this game for the Americans.

While James had himself a fine game in his own right, Durant did his best Mariano Rivera impression and closed the door on Argentina's gold-medal-game hopes.