USA Blows Out Australia in Olympic Quarterfinal, 116-85
Aug. 20, 2008
Beijing, China -
Following a slow start, the United States quickly regrouped and rolled past Australia by the score of 116-85 in Olympic quarterfinal action Wednesday night in Beijing. Team USA improves to 6-0 with the win and more importantly advances to Friday's semifinal round.
Deron Williams scored in double figures for the second time during the Olympics, finishing with 10 points. He tied for game-high honors in assists with three and also added three rebounds in 20 minutes of play. Williams hit a big 3-pointer to close out the first half, putting the United States up by 12 and providing a momentum lift that the U.S. carried over into the second half when the squad quickly put Australia away for good with a 14-0 run to start the third quarter.
Team USA will play reigning Olympic champion Argentina in the semifinals Friday at 9:15 a.m. Central Time. This will be a rematch of the 2004 semifinal in Athens that saw Argentina defeat the U.S. In the other semifinal, Spain takes on Lithuania.