The United States finished off the first round of games in impressive style, going undefeated and destroying Spain by thirty-seven points (their largest margin of victory yet!).
Once the threes started dropping, Spain knew they were in for a long day at the office.
The US opened up making seven of their first ten threes, finishing with a more than respectable 12 out of 25 (Carmelo Anthony astonishingly hit four out of six! Wow!), and finished the game overall shooting almost 58% from the field!
Lebron was a beast again, although no blocks this time around, although he made up for it with four steals! Of course, he also had four turnovers, but we’ll forgive you, Lebron!
Chris Paul had five steals!!
Both Paul and James had eight assists (to go with 18 points for Lebron – 14 for Paul)
The US was romping so much that they even let the Mark Madson of the team, Jason Kidd, get into the action, scoring on his only field goal attempt.
The US played Gasol extremely well, and Jose Caldeon – 1 for 9?!? What the heck, Jose?
Okay, now that the United States has taken care of business, here is the road they have ahead of them to see if they can win the Gold medal.
In the first round, they’ll play the fourth seed in the other bracket
(either Australia or Croatia), Australia.
If they beat Australia
/Croatia, they’ll play the winner of Argentina and either China or Greece.
If they win that game, they’ll be playing for Gold, likely against either Lithuania (the only other unbeaten team – the US beat them by 34 in exhibitions earlier this month) or Spain. China and Croatia are in the other bracket, as well.