Olympics: Team USA 119 - Spain 82

    
August 17th, 2008

Team USA improved to 4-0 in Olympic Preliminary Play, blowing past reigning FIBA World Champion Spain by the score of 119-82 Saturday night in Beijing. With the win, the United States has clinched the No. 1 seed for Group B when the medal round begins next week.

Former Illinois All-American Deron Williams had his highest point total thus far in the Olympics, scoring 11 points to go along with three assists and two rebounds. Eight U.S. players reached double figures in all, led by 18 points from LeBron James and 16 apiece from Dwyane Wade (Marquette) and Carmelo Anthony (Syracuse).

The U.S. shot 58 percent and tied a team record in Olympic play by nailing 12 three-pointers. The United States also kept up its intense defense, recording 16 steals while forcing Spain into 28 turnovers, marking the third straight opponent to have 25 or more miscues against the U.S.

The Quarterfinals begin on Wednesday.