The U.S. men's basketball team played its most complete game of the tournament to date, crushing Spain 119-82. LeBron James led the Americans with 18 points while Dwyane Wade and Camelo Anthony each chipped in 16 of their own. The key for the U.S. squad was they came out and set the tone early, out-muscling Spain whenever the opportunity presented itself. The physical play wore on the Spaniards, as it looked like they gave up early in the second half.
Coach K has got to be happy with the way his team played today. Every player on the roster scored, (including Jason Kidd who attempted his first shot of the tournament) and the team seemed to play hard from the first whistle, which wasn't the case over the last week.
Anthony had his best game of the tournament, shooting 4-for-6 from behind the arc and providing his team with an outside threat that they have been missing over the last few games. Dwight Howard had his best performance as well, adding 10 points and solid defense to the cause.
The American team looks as good as it has in years, and truly seems to believe once again that they are the best team in the world; the swagger is back. The U.S. will be back in action on Monday against Germany, in what will be the last game before the medal round begins.
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