USA Takes Gold

kobechamp.jpgAP: LeBron James put a record finish on the Americans’ dominance in the desert. James scored a team-record 31 points, and the United States beat Argentina 118-81 on Sunday to win the FIBA Americas championship.

Dwight Howard made all seven of his shots and scored 20 points, and Carmelo Anthony added 16 points for the Americans, who were never challenged while winning 10 games in 12 days and will head to Beijing next summer as one of the gold medal favorites.

The Americans averaged 116.7 points in the tournament.

The game was largely meaningless, because both teams had already clinched spots in the Beijing field by winning semifinal games Saturday. But the Americans didn’t let up, remaining perfect in four Olympic qualifers, including 7-0 against Argentina.

James finished the tournament shooting 76 percent from the field — his percentage actually dropped from 76.5 after he made 11 of 15 shots. He was 8-of-11 from 3-point range and also led the tournament in that category, hitting 62 percent.

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Kam Pashai is a co-founder and creative director for LakerNation.com.
  • Faith

    Go USA!

  • http://theworldvoice.com LUUUUKE

    USA USA USA USA

  • klao

    “I’m tired of bronze,” Anthony said. “I’m speechless right now. This is my first time ever winning the gold medal.”

    and he can thank one Kobe Bean Bryant

  • http://www.myspace.com/on3s3qu3nc3 123kid

    atleast something good happened to kobe this summer and also the way he got greeted a happy birthday!

  • http://www.lakers.com Ed

    Good News guys, now that the team USA is done for the summer, Kobe has no other choice but to answer Laker related questions. He can’t use team USA for excuses, he has to answer the questions. If I was a reporter I would hunt down Kobe and force him to answer questions. We will find out very soon where Kobe’s heart really stands.

  • MILO

    Ed, Kobe will remain a Laker at least untill he can oppt out.Let’s hope the Lakers can do something to prevent that.

  • MILO

    At this point i would even go after C-Webb im quite desperate now, but if Shaw want’s him it’s because he know’s he can healp the Lakers so why not??? I GUESS!!!

  • foxxy

    KOBE WILL BE IN ASIA THE 5TH OF THIS MONTH….SO WE WILL STILL HAVE TO WAIT FOR ANSWERS…HOLD TIGHT LAKER FANS, HE WILL SPEAK TO ALL OF US SOON!!!!