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.

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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