Kobe Bryant scored 20 points, LeBron James recorded a triple-double and the U.S. men's team stomped into the semifinals of the Olympic men's basketball tournament with a 119-86 win Wednesday night over Australia.
Seeking a gold medal to match the one they nabbed in China four years ago, the Americans will meet Argentina in the semis. The U.S. beat Argentina in Beijing, avenging a loss to the South Americans four years earlier at the Athens Games.
The U.S. clobbered Argentina by 29 earlier in this tournament.
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Down by 14 at halftime, Australia opened the third quarter with an 11-0 run that put a shiver in the U.S. squad. But Bryant made consecutive 3-pointers — he finished with 6 3s — and Kevin Durant drove hard to the basket for a vicious dunk to help the Americans regain control.
James finished with 11 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists.
Patty Mills had 26 for the Australians.