5 Reasons why Team USA won Australia in the London Olympics Basketball Quarter-finals

1. LEBRON JAMES He has carried Team USA in nearly every facet of the game so far in these Olympics. So it's not surprising that James recorded a triple double (11 points on three-of-seven shooting, 14 rebounds and 12 assists) against Australia. 2. KOBE FOUND HIS RHYTHM He played horrible in the first half, but found his rhythm and started to take effective shots instead of forcing them. His first field goal happened at the 5:02 mark of the third quarter when he nailed an open three-pointer off a catch-and-shoot from James. On the next possession, Bryant stole the ball from Australia's David Barlow and then hit a three-pointer in transition. Suddenly, Team USA led 70-58 with 4:44 left in the third quarter. Bryant wasn't finished, though. Bryant hit four consecutive three pointers, including one in which he pump-faked his opponent. The others came off of James' effective swing and cross-court passes. 3. Rebounds Lebron James and Kevin Love combined for 25 rebounds. It helped significantly with the inconsistent shooting 4. DERON WILLIAMS he played phenomenal. He scored 18 points on four-of-10 shooting -- three of seven from three-point range -- and seven of seven from the free-throw line. Williams' 13 first-half points came at a critical time considering Bryant's struggles and the team's sluggish offense (sans James). He was aggressive, and made several trips to the foul line. Excellent play. 5. KEVIN DURANT'S HIGHLIGHT PLAYS! Durant's four-of-nine mark from three-point range played a larger part in Team USA's win, but his dunk late in the third quarter was impressive. With 1:31 remaining in the third quarter, Durant drove the lane past a pair of defenders, threw down a two-handed dunk along the baseline and then swung around the rim. Credit: Edited from http://www.latimes.com

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