Team USA failed to fully pull away from Brazil in its Monday night exhibition scrap at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The U.S. outscored Brazil 22-19 in the quarter to extend its lead to 59-51 entering the fourth quarter.
Marcelinho Huertas has helped keep the Brazilians close with an assortment of crafty moves to get floaters and lay-ups to go, but the Americans' superior speed and depth has proved to be the difference so far, as on the two-man fast break run to perfection by Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant that produced the final basket of the period.
In an extension of the game's running subplot, President Barack Obama told ESPN's Mark Jones in a halftime interview that he thinks the 1992 "Dream Team" would beat 2012's Team USA.
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