USA SPANKS ARGENTINA, ENDING HAND-WRINGING FOR NOW!

By Skip Charles in Vegas

Kevin Durant and Bradley Beal each scored 17 points and the USA beat Argentina 108-80 to avoid what would have been the first three-game losing streak in this era of NBA players being able to represent USA Basketball on the international stage.

Zach LaVine scored 15 points for the U.S., which lost its first two games in Las Vegas to Nigeria and Australia. The Americans shot 51%, scored 33 first-quarter points to get off and running and beat Argentina for the 10th consecutive time since a loss at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

“It was better,“ U.S. coach Gregg Popovich said. “Bit by bit, every day, I hope.“

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