The United States men's basketball team was favored by 55 points heading into Tuesday's game against Tunisia at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. The second game for the U.S. in Group A pool play never got quite that out of hand, but Team USA once again put on a show, winning by a final score of 110-63.
Tunisia grabbed a brief four-point lead in the first quarter before the United States settled down, cranked up the defensive intensity and really began to pull away heading into the second quarter. By the second half, the game had already turned into a glorified dunkfest, with Andre Iguodala getting in on the action ...
Team USA is not playing its best basketball, but the U.S. team seems to have opened up a comfortable lead over upstart Tunisia at halftime of Tuesday's pool-play game at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. After falling behind in the first quarter, Team USA has rallied and now leads, 46-33, at halftime.
As usual, LeBron James led the way. He enforced his will on the game without scoring, getting Team USA going with a chasedown block and a thunderous dunk on the fast break. Kevin Durant has nine points to lead Team USA, while Carmelo Anthony chipped in with seven off the bench. Tunisia's Makram Ben Romdhane leads all scorers with 11 points.
Team USA has gotten into trouble when it has relied too heavily on the 3-point shot. In this game, the Americans have hit just two of their 12 attempts from downtown, which has mitigated a 77 percent performance on 2-point shots. Tunisia, meanwhile, has used the 2-point shot to stay within striking distance, shooting 7-for-16 from beyond the arc.
Team USA entered Tuesday afternoon's matchup against African champion Tunisia as 54-point favorites in their second game at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, but early on, they did not look to deserve that level of respect. Lethargic play from the team's five starters forced coach Mike Krzyzewski to make wholesale substitutions midway through the first quarter, and Team USA's lead is just six, 21-15, after one quarter.
Tunisia got off to a hot start, taking an early lead thanks to opportunistic fast breaks and hot perimeter shooting. Team USA's starters were all content to take long perimeter jumpers instead of attacking the basket, which allowed Tunisia to take a three-point lead with 2:39 remaining in the quarter.