Redeem Team Gets Redemption on Spain
LeBron James led eight U.S. players in double figures with 18 points and pulled down eight rebounds as the Olympic men's basketball team continued its dominating ways with a 119-82 pounding of previously unbeaten Spain. With the game tied 9-9 in the first quarter James took the ball from the top of the key and drove to his left a and threw down a left handed jam like a man possessed. The very next trip James comes down and splashed a three pointerin the heart of the Spain defense. Then the very next trip down the floor earned a trip to the free throw line and sank both free throws for another quick two. Team USA never looked back from that point on.
The Americans had 7 steals in the first quarter alone and finished with 18 for the game. "We are never going to take a step back in this tournament," said James. "We'll only take steps forward and give ourselves a chance to win. This game means we're 4-0. A statement game? I don't know."
We looked like the United States of Athleticism on Saturday. From steals to dunks to sinking the three pointers the Americans look unbeatable at this stage in the competition. A 17-5 flurry in the second quarter extended the margin to 56-36 and the Redeem Team was on its way to another rout, certainly a major difference to what was witnessed four years ago when the Americans were relegated to the bronze medal at the Olympics.
It was 61-45 at the half and Spain never threatened over the final 20 minutes.
The final game for the U.S. in preliminary round play is Monday versus Germany.
Here are some of the Top 10 plays from this years USA Mens Basketball Team.