Men’s Olympic Basketball Day One Recap
The Men’s Olympic Basketball tournament got underway today, as Group A took to the court for three games.
Australia (87) vs. France (66)
The Australians started their tournament on the right note as they won big over their European opponents. Andrew Bogut and Patty Mills led the way for the Aussies with both players combining for 39 points. Australia led for a majority of the game with a 36-33 lead at halftime. In the second-half they opened up a 13 point lead at the end of third quarter, and then cruised in for a 21 point win. San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker led France with 18 points.
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United States (119) vs. China (62)
It was a blowout win for the Americans at Carioca Arena. The heavily favored side jumped out to a 20 point lead at the end of the 1st quarter and never looked back. Four different American players had double digit nights. Kevin Durant led the team with 25 points and shot 71% from the field. China’s Jianlian Yin led his country with 25 points.
Serbia (82) vs. Venezuela (66)
Serbia finished off the days action with a big win over Venezuela. The game started out with a closely contested first quarter, but the Serbians pulled away in the second quarter to take a 21 point lead. They cruised in the second half, as they extended their double digit advantage throughout the half.
Bogdan Bogdanovic led both teams in scoring with 19 points. His teammate Miroslav Raduljica also had a double digit night with 18 points. Gregory Echenique and Jose Vargas led Venezuela with 12 points each.
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