TOKYO — The U.S. males’s basketball crew struggled once more within the first half of its semifinal recreation towards Australia earlier than pulling away within the third quarter. The winner will play for the gold medal.
Australia, ranked No. 3 on this planet, led on the half, 45-42.
The U.S. crew, ranked No. 1 on this planet, made it to the semifinal after defeating Spain on Tuesday, 95-81, regardless of a sluggish begin.
Kevin Durant led the American scorers with 15 factors on the half, whereas Dante Exum of Australia led his crew with 10.
The Individuals are attempting to rewrite their story line from curiously questionable crew to robust finisher, if not gold medalist.
After two exhibition losses earlier than the beginning of the Video games, together with to Australia, the US began its Olympic marketing campaign with a loss to France. The Individuals largely cruised via their subsequent two contests — towards far weaker opponents, Iran and the Czech Republic — and had a while to ascertain some rhythm as a gaggle.
The U.S. is 8-0 towards Australia within the Olympics.