Men's Olympic Basketball: Russia Downs Spain, Team USA Escapes Lithuania

Group play of the men's Olympic basketball tournament Saturday. Notable games include the United States vs. Lithuania and Spain vs. Russia.

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Team USA Vs. Lithuania Final Score: LeBron James Saves Americans In 99-94 Win

With less than six minutes remaining, Team USA was in jeopardy of a shocking loss to Lithuania in the fourth game of the preliminary round of the 2012 Olympic basketball tournament. Then, LeBron James took over. The Miami Heat star scored nine points down the stretch, and the Americans held on for a 99-94 win that was competitive throughout.

Team USA took a six-point lead after three quarters, but Lithuania responded with a 9-2 run to take a two-point advantage on a three-pointer by Linas Kleiza with seven minutes remaining in the game. Lithuania maintained that advantage for a couple minutes, but Chris Paul hit a critical three-pointer with 5:39 remaining to allow Team USA to regain the lead. Then, James took over, hitting a three-pointer and dunking on the fast break to push Team USA's lead back to six points with three and a half minutes remaining.

Team USA finally polished off Lithuania a minute later. James missed a three-pointer, but Paul grabbed the rebound and passed to Deron Williams in midair for an open three-pointer. Then, after a Lithuania turnover, James drove past Darius Songaila and hit a lefty layup to give Team USA a nine-point lead with 2:10 remaining.

James finished with 20 points in the game. Carmelo Anthony added 20 points for Team USA, and Kevin Durant added 16. Linas Kleiza led all scorers with 25 points for Lithuania, while former Duke reserve Martynas Pocius added 14.

Team USA moves to 4-0 and regained control of Group A. Lithuania falls to 1-3, but they should still make the quarterfinals with a win over lowly Tunisia on Monday.

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Tunisia Vs. France, Olympics 2012: Final Score, France Wins 73-69 Despite Poor Fourth Quarter

Despite its terrible fourth quarter performance, France was able to narrowly hold on to the lead it had built up in the previous three quarters, defeating Tunisia 73-69. France led the game wire-to-wire and had a 17-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, but did not play its best in the fourth and almost let its opponents back into the game.

The game was an extremely sloppy affair, with France turning the ball over 20 times and Tunisia coughing it up 19 times. Tony Parker had a huge game for France with 22 points on 9-13 shooting, to go along with three assists and three steals. Mohamed Hadidane led Tunisia in scoring with 20 points.

France leads Group A with seven points after four matches, but it will fall to second place if the United States defeats Lithuania. Tunisia is tied for last in the group with four points.

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Spain Vs. Russia, Olympics 2012: Final Score 77-74 As Russians Execute Stellar Comeback

Russia had an absolute nightmare of a first quarter against Spain in their Olympic basketball clash on Saturday, falling behind by 17 points after just 10 minutes of play. Pau Gasol got off to a dominant start, scoring 11 points in the first quarter. From there, Spain's offense dried up completely. They scored just 12 points in the second quarter and 13 in the third quarter of their 77-74 loss at the hands of Russia.

Andrei Kirilenko has been Russia's top performer thus far in the tournament, but he had very little to do with the team's resurgence against Spain on the offensive end. Instead, Russia were led by Vitaly Fridzon, who scored 24 points on 9-15 shooting from the floor. Anton Ponkrashov was also excellent with 14 points and 11 assists.

Spain went long stretches of time without scoring a field goal, including a six-minute stretch between the end of the second quarter and the early part of the third quarter. Gasol led the team in scoring with 20 points, but contributed very little after his spectacular first quarter.

Russia used the second and third quarters, in which it outscored Spain, 45-25, to tally and take a three-point lead heading into the fourth. They nearly gave away the game late after getting off to an abysmal start in the fourth quarter, but manage to hold off Spain's comeback. Down three with seconds remaining, Spain failed to even get off a final shot attempt.

Russia improves to 4-0 in Group B play and will look to remain perfect when they face Australia on Monday. Spain is now 3-1 and now has a key match-up with Brazil in its final preliminary round game.

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Team USA Vs. Lithuania: Time, TV Coverage And More

The United States men's basketball team is set to face off against Lithuania on Saturday morning on NBCSN.

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Men's Olympic Basketball Schedule: Top Teams Square Off As Group Play Winds Down

Group play of the men's Olympic basketball tournament Saturday. Notable games include the United States vs. Lithuania and Spain vs. Russia.

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2012 Olympics Basketball, Spain Vs. Russia: Time, TV Coverage, Online Stream And More

Spain and Russia, who are tied for the Group B lead after three games, will play each other in one of the most notable games of Saturday's Olympic basketball schedule.

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