LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony each have 12 ponts as the U.S. basketball team leads Australia 55-43 at halftime. Despite starting the game strong, the Americans have not been able to shake this feisty Aussie team, although a Deron Williams a buzzer-beating three just before the half might have taken taken a little wind out of the Australian sails.
The Americans looked like they had control early, as they were able to get Andrew Bogut in early foul trouble, thus making him a non-factor throughout most of the half, but Brade Newley and Patty Mills each have eight points to pace the Boomers.
There are two main keys for the U.S. to focus on as we get ready for the second-half. First, they have got to shoot better from the free-throw line. The Americans are just 10-for-20 from the line right now and if this game continues to stay close, that is going to become a real issue. Secondly, the Americans have settled for a few too many three point looks, going 3-for-13 from behind the arc.
On the plus side for Coach K and company, Team U.S.A. has dominated the boards, compiling a 31-15 advantage. If the Americans develop a little more patience with their shot selection, and focus on the defensive end, they should be able to take control in the second half.
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