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Team USA is 13-0 in international play since getting upset by Greece in the 2006 World Championships. What was supposed to be the Americans toughest test to date resulted in a 92-69 victory for the Americans over Greece this morning. For the third straight game in Group B play, the U.S. was played tough in first quarter and only had a four point lead after one. However, they went on a 24-10 run with six minutes left in the first half. Team USA outscored Greece 31-16 in the second quarter, which set the tone for the rest of the game. The Americans’ superior athleticism and long-armed defenders are setting the tone by blocking shots and getting steals.  In their two previous victories against China and Angola they only managed a combined 36% shoooting. These facets of the game are giving the U.S. numerous fast breaks, where they are head and shoulders above their competition. Against Greece, the Americans had a comfortable 51-32 lead at the half. As a team they recorded eight steals and shot 54% from the field in the two quarters. Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh all scored in double-digits. Bosh also contributed four rebounds and a block in 11 minutes and has been adapting well to the pace and tempo of the international game. Greece struggled from downtown missing all seven of their attempts while committing 13 turnovers.

Bryant and Bosh led Dream Team 4.0 with 18 points each, while Wade finished with 17 points and 6 steals, and LeBron James chipped in with 13 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and three blocks. Greece finished the game with 25 turnovers and shot 4/18(22%) from downtown, and 41% overall. In 2006, Greece ran 42 pick-and-rolls, which the Americans had trouble stopping, while shooting a superb, 62% from the field. 

The U.S. was able to hit outside shots when Greece played zone defense, as they improved on their outside shooting by hitting 35% of their three point attempts. Team USA paired that with solid perimeter defense which led to 15 steals. The Americans will be tested again this Saturday at 10:15AM(EST), as they play the reigning world champion, Spain. The winner of the game will be the top seed in the quaterfinals.

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