Aug 8, 2012; London, United Kingdom; USA guard Kobe Bryant (10) reacts during the men's quarterfinal against Australia in the 2012 London Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Team USA Earns Semifinal Bid With 119-86 Win Over Australia

Team USA handled Australia to earn a date with Argentina in the semifinals.

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Team USA Vs. Australia Final Score: Kobe Bryant, LeBron James Help Americans Advance

Team USA is quite possibly the best basketball team ever assembled, but the team has had trouble putting together complete games thus far at the 2012 London Olympics. That happened once again on Wednesday in the first round of knockout play, but the Americans eventually were able to put it all together and eliminate Australia en route to a 119-86 victory.

The Americans will now play Argentina in the semifinals as they attempt to win the USA another gold medal, but Wednesday's matchup -- despite the final score -- showed that Argentina won't simply be another easy American victory if Team USA continues to take quarters off.

It's all fine and dandy if one only looks at the huge margin of victory the final score represents, but the Australians and the Americans actually ended up scoring 28 points apiece in the third quarter -- a troubling statistic considering Team USA shouldn't have had any trouble pulling away from the Boomers when looking at the talent disparity.

That third quarter ended up not mattering as Kobe Bryant went into full-on Black Mamba mode on his way to leading Team USA with 20 points after struggling in the first half, but it has to worry head coach Mike Krzyzewski that Team USA continues counting on big performances from its stars rather than putting together four quarters of (near-) flawless basketball.

It wasn't only Bryant for Team USA, though, as LeBron James picked up his first triple-double in international play with 11 points, rebounds and assists while Deron Williams, Kevin Durant, LeBron James and Kevin Love all finished with double figures in the scoring column.

As far as Australia was concerned, San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills scored 26 points as the team's only current NBA player, while Summer League stalwart Joe Ingles scored 19 and veterans David Andersen and Brad Newley had 10 points apiece to close out the double-digit-scoring Australians.

For more on the Olympics, check out SB Nation's London 2012 Olympics hub. For more on Olympic basketball, follow the 2012 Olympic basketball section.


Kobe Bryant's Shooting Exhibition Bores Young Lakers Fan

If this little Lakers fan would look up from his phone, he'd see that Kobe Bryant, after an awful start, is on fire. Today's generation just doesn't watch these games like we used to watch them.


Team USA Fan Goes Old School

I had one of these jerseys when I was a kid.


That's a Shawn Kemp Sonics jersey from after the logo redesign. Why he's wearing it to a game featuring Team USA and Australia is beyond me. Shawn Kemp doesn't play basketball anymore, sir. And the Sonics aren't the Sonics anymore (RIP).

Then again, there's nothing more American than Shawn Kemp dunking over people in his prime. So U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!


Team USA Vs. Australia Score Update: Deron Williams Leads Americans To 56-42 Halftime Lead

While Team USA is known for its biggest stars, it was a reserve player who ultimately was the top performer through one half of play against Australia in the Olympic basketball quarterfinals. Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams is having his best game of the tournament, as he has 13 points to lead Team USA to a 56-42 halftime advantage.

Williams was especially solid late in the second quarter, when Team USA opened up a 16-point lead. He came in for an ineffective Kobe Bryant and hit three three-pointers in the final three and a half minutes to help increase Team USA's advantage. Fellow reserves Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Love also provided solid contributions. Anthony has eight points, while Love has five points and five offensive rebounds.

Patty Mills of the San Antonio Spurs has 12 points to lead Australia, with 10 of those coming in the first quarter. The winner of this game next faces Argentina, who held off Brazil in the earlier quarterfinal.

For more on the Olympics, check out SB Nation's London 2012 Olympics hub. For more on Olympic basketball, follow the 2012 Olympic basketball section.

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