US men beat France 98-71 in Olympic basketball

United States' Lebron James looks up the court during the first half of a preliminary men's basketball game against France at the 2012 Summer Olympics on Sunday.
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United States' Lebron James looks up the court during the first half of a preliminary men's basketball game against France at the 2012 Summer Olympics on Sunday. Buy Photo
Posted July 29, 2012, at 11:54 a.m.

LONDON — The U.S. men’s basketball team has won its Olympic opener, beating France 98-71 behind 22 points from Kevin Durant.

Kevin Love added 14 and Kobe Bryant had 10 for the Americans, who led by a point after one quarter Sunday but made six 3-pointers in the second on their way to a 52-36 halftime lead.

Durant and Bryant opened the third with 3s, and the reigning gold medalists cruised from there.

Tony Parker had 10 points for France, a medal contender with six NBA players.

 

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