Jul 21, 2012, Barcelona, SPAIN; USA player LeBron James (6) during practice in preparation for the 2012 London Olympic Games at Palau Sant Jordi. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE

USA Basketball Vs. Argentina: Americans Squeak By With 6-Point Win

Team USA barely got by Argentina in Barcelona, winning by six on Sunday.

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USA Basketball Vs. Argentina: Americans Hold Off Manu Ginobili And Co. For 6-Point Win

Team USA showed precisely why they're the overwhelming favorite heading into the Olympics during their tune-up in Barcelona against Argentina, but they also showed where they'll be vulnerable -- inside -- during a number of Argentinian runs. Argentina cut the USA lead to 78-74 in the fourth quarter before Kevin Durant and Chris Paul hit three-pointers to put the game out of reach. Team USA would go on to win, 86-80.

Durant was the unquestioned star of this game -- which might be something we'll all have to get used to in London -- scoring 28 points, hitting seven three-pointers and dishing out six assists. Kobe Bryant added 18 points of his own. While LeBron James had a nice alley-oop and showed flashes, he did little to assert his will inside. The Americans shot 34 three-pointers as a team, many of them uncontested, which was the likely reason behind the swings in momentum during this game.

The Argentinians packed the paint and Tyson Chandler got in foul trouble, so there was no Team USA center available for much of the game. The U.S. faces Spain on Tuesday, a team that features the brothers Pau and Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka, in what is anticipated to be a preview of the gold medal game yet again.

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USA Basketball Vs. Argentina: Americans Lead Argentinians After Aggressive First Half

Team USA is playing its final tune-up before the Olympics begin in London next week against a team many consider a major roadblock to a second consecutive gold medal for the Americans: Argentina. Featuring NBA players like Manu Ginobili, Luis Scola and Carlos Delfino, the Argentinians got in the Americans' faces during the first half of play and, after being down big, clawed back to trail just 47-40 at halftime.

Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant are tied as leading scorers with 14 points and Russell Westbrook, getting ready to play in his first Olympics, has eight. Sekou Smith is running a live blog on NBA.com, and here's what he said about the first half from Team USA:

That 7-for-13 start from beyond the 3-point line was fool's gold for the U.S. They fell in love with the deep ball and went 0-for-7 in the second quarter as they were outscored 24-16 and lost that 20-point lead.

We'll see if they can relocate their stroke in the second half in Barcelona.

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

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

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