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US men set up final against Spain

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Video - US cruise past Argentina

The United States avenged their semi-final defeat to Argentina four years ago in Athens to set up a final against 2006 world champions Spain.

Luis Scola top-scored with 28 for the reigning champions, but they lost leading scorer Manu Ginobili to an ankle injury in the first quarter.

Carmelo Anthony's 21 and LeBron James' 15 helped the US ease through 101-81.

Spain edged out Lithuania 91-86, with Pau Gasol scoring a joint game-high 19, to reach their second Olympic final.


It leaves the Lithuanians facing a fifth consecutive bronze medal play-off match.

They won the first three before losing to America in Athens four years ago.

But the US 'Redeem Team' firmly put any thoughts of a re-match with Lithuania behind them as they saw off a determined challenge from Argentina.

The result was never in doubt after America jumped out to a 21-4 lead in the first quarter.

They held a 49-40 advantage at half-time and led by 16 points heading into the final period.

And America will be confident of repeating their 1984 Olympic final victory over Spain when they meet again on Sunday as they won their pool game by a massive 37 points earlier in the competition.

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Video - Spain edge Lithuania in basketball semi

Basketball medals table

Sunday, 24 August 2008 10:17 UK
Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze TOTAL
1 also show each event results forUSA 2 0 0 2
Men 1 0 0
Women 1 0 0
2 also show each event results forAustralia 0 1 0 1
Women 0 1 0
3 also show each event results forSpain 0 1 0 1
Men 0 1 0
4 also show each event results forArgentina 0 0 1 1
Men 0 0 1
5 also show each event results forRussia 0 0 1 1
Women 0 0 1

see also
Bryant leads US to semi-finals
20 Aug 08 |  Basketball
US defeat world champions Spain
16 Aug 08 |  Basketball
Revenge for US in rout of Greece
14 Aug 08 |  Basketball
James leads US to basketball win
12 Aug 08 |  Basketball
Star-studded US overwhelm China
10 Aug 08 |  Basketball
Yao Ming to carry flag for China
07 Aug 08 |  Olympics
GB absent from Beijing basketball
30 Nov 07 |  Basketball
BBC Olympics blog
15 Aug 08 |  Olympics
Beijing 2008
14 Feb 08 |  Olympics

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