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U.S. Leads Spain 61-45 At Halftime

If Spain was supposed to be the toughest challenger to the United States, then the Americans should start figuring out where to put their gold medals based on the first half. The U.S. leads 61-45 at halftime.

LeBron James scored 11 of the first 16 points for the U.S. and finished with a team-high 14 at the break. Pau Gasol had seven at halftime for Spain, which entered the game with the same record as the U.S. (3-0).

The game was tied at 11, but James scored five consecutive points as the U.S. outscored Spain 18-5 to take control of the game. Gasol brought his team within 39-31 on a three-point play in the second quarter, but James and Kobe Bryant hit back-to-back three-pointers and Spain wouldn't get back within double-digits for the rest of the half.

The first controversy of the Olympics for the Americans really wasn't a controversy at all. As the public address announcer read the starting lineups for each team, he mentioned that point guard Chris Paul was starting for the U.S. instead of Carmelo Anthony. But when the first five players stepped on the floor, Anthony was among them, signaling that someone couldn't tell the difference between the No. 13 (which Paul wears) and No. 15 (which Anthony wears). Anthony had 10 points in the first half.

Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal is in attendance.

By Michael Lee  |  August 16, 2008; 11:11 AM ET
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Hey Guys,
It's over. The US thrashed Spain 119-82. Prince played in the last 8:15 and had a steal, a lot of hustle, two 3-pointers. It was never close.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 16, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

WaPo... the game was over almost a day ago! Update your story or get rid of it. It makes you look stupid! Well...

Posted by: m | August 16, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Don't be mad because you can't bash the U.S. basketball team over this game "m". They won , they dominated, suck it up and quit whining!

Posted by: desperate hater | August 17, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

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