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It was Kobe Bryant who took the spot light in a strong start by scoring 27 points, 15 of them in the first quarter as Team USA cruised into the semifinals of the FIBA tournament as the N. 1 seed.
Lebron James added 15 points and Carmelo Anthony added 18 points in the 91-76 victory over Argentina.
Team USA will face Puerto Rico in Saturday’s second semifinal game. A victory there gives them a berth in the 2008 Olympics in China.
“It was a little stagnant at the start and I came out and got hot early and we rode that for a little bit and helped us get off to a quick start,” Bryant said. “We’re close to accomplishing our goal.”