The Americans didn't always dominate, but they got the result they wanted in a 119-86 victory over the Australians in the quarterfinals of the 2012 Summer Olympics. Needing a victory to move on to the semifinals, Team USA took a 14-point lead into halftime before ultimately pulling away in the fourth quarter.
At one point in the third quarter, Australia cut the the Americans' lead to just five points, but the United States' talent proved to be overwhelming once again in the latter portions of the game. Team USA dominated the fourth quarter, though, outscoring Australia by 19 points to put the game away.
Mark Worthington and David Barlow, a pair of Australian role players that played college ball at the local Metro State University, struggled in the game. Both players had four fouls apiece in limited playing time, as Barlow finished with four points and four rebounds while Worthington had two points and two rebounds.
Kobe Bryant was the leading scorer for Team USA with 20 points, including a 6-of-10 shooting effort from three-point range. LeBron James added the first ever Olympic triple-double with 11 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists, plus Deron Williams added 18 points. The Americans now move onto the semifinals, where they'll play Argentina.