Team USA vs Spain, First Half Highlights

Team USA leads Spain by 16 at the half. Despite the margin, the game has been exciting and has even felt like a tough battle. The Americans have just been plain good, though. Some highlights:
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↵* Early, Kobe creamed a pick-setting Pau Gasol. That'll teach him to suck in the Finals.
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↵* LeBron has a nice feud going with ... Alex Mumbru, the one Spanish starter no one's ever heard of. LeBron is playing with tons of spirit again, though -- jostling and yapping and being all sorts of intercontinental fun.
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↵* Against China and Angola, Team USA got tons of steals because the opponents stunk at ball-handling. I really can't figure out, even after 60 minutes of play, how the U.S. has forced Greece and Spain into so many turnovers. Dwyane Wade's hands have been hellish, and Chris Paul jabs a lot, too. But the sheer frequency of U.S. transition opportunities is striking.
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↵* One benefit of watching online without commentary: you can hear all the excellent court sounds, like a teammate yelling "Get that s--- again!" at Wade after one of his steals leads to a breakaway dunk, or Carmelo Anthony yelling "That ball don't lie!" Also, LeBron isn't a big fan of the ref crew.
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↵* Reason #1,456 to dislike Mike Krzyzewski: he complained his way to a delay of game technical foul against Spain. Doesn't he know LeBron and Mama Phelps are in charge of this team? He should stay at the hotel on Monday, he's just holding the boys down.
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↵* With roughly six minutes left in the half, Rudy Fernandez did something to Chris Bosh which, in at least a half-dozen countries, would constitute attempted rape. Thankfully, the refs ended it with a foul call.
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↵* Marc Gasol was an extra in Lord of the Rings.
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↵* The reason for big American lead? Those Spanish turnovers (yum!) and good three-point shooting for the U.S. Melo, Kobe, LeBron, Deron Williams, Tayshaun Prince -- all hitting 'em.
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↵* The first names only on some of the Spanish jerseys -- Ricky, Rudy, Marc -- that's a nice touch. Although I did spend much of the half wondering if "Berni" was a first or last name.
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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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