USA vs. Spain: Although both basketball teams are considered to be the best in the world at the moment, Team USA walked away with the victory during an exhibition game on Tuesday. The final score: 100-78. However, the real showdown between the two titans will take place on August 12th, which, of course, will be played for the gold medal.
During the game, Carmelo Anthony scored 27 points, 23 of which took place during the first half. LeBron James, meanwhile, managed to snag an impressive 25 points, while Kevin Durant scored 13. "It was a good test for us tonight, but the exhibition games are over, the friendlies are over and we look forward to the real challenge of going to London," James explained.
The importance of this particular match wasn't lost on Team USA's players. "We knew that this was a big game,'' US guard Chris Paul told the Associated Press. ''When Coach K talked to us, he told us this was probably the biggest game here in Barcelona since the `92 team was here, so we approached it like that and it was a good win for us.''
Although the Spain's players explained they fully intended to give it their all during the game, they did state that preparing for the London games was much more important than bringing home an exhibition win. Paul Gasol, who scored 19 points during the game, claimed that his team could have done better against their American opponents.
"We made too many mistakes which they capitalized and they played their game," he said. "They're a quick unit, very athletic and once they were able to convert a few fast-break opportunities due to our turnovers, it was hard for us.''
Spain wasn't the only team that learned some valuable lessons during the match. Although Kobe Bryant feels Team USA's chances of bringing home the gold is very good, he admitted that playing against both Argentina and Spain helped them iron out some wrinkles in their strategy.
"I think it showed us some things that we want to do differently, some things that we're doing right, and I think because of it we feel pretty good about our chances," Bryant said.