USA Basketball Vs. Argentina: Americans Play First European Olympics Tune-Up

July 16, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Members of team USA stand with servicemen and servicewomen during the national anthem prior to team USA's game against team Brazil at Verizon Center. Team USA won 80-69. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

Team USA took an early lead on Argentina in another Olympic tune-up.

Team USA's pre-Olympics exhibition campaign is wrapping up, and the USA Basketball squad's game against Argentina on Sunday is their penultimate game before the London Olympics open July 27.

It's also been heavy on that "exhibition" thing so far: after the first quarter, the U.S. is up 31-16 on an Argentina team that hasn't had much for it.

Kevin Durant's been the American leader so far, draining four threes in the first period for his 12 points to lead all scorers. Lion in winter Kobe Bryant nearly kept pace with the young Durant, though, with 10 points of his own.

The trademark American pressure defense was on full display, too. In one of the most promising signs for Team USA, which has been inconsistent in this run of exhibition play, the U.S. came out ready to go from the opening tip.

Follow all of SB Nation's Olympic coverage at our London 2012 Olympics hub page. For more on Team USA as it gears up for the London Olympics, be sure to stay tuned to this StoryStream.

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