LeBron James Records Triple Double, USA Basketball Defeats Australia By 33 in Olympic Quarterfinals
USA Basketball has a storied history over the last 20 years, from the Dream Team until today (I am doing what everyone in America should do by pretending that the 2004 Olympic Basketball team never even existed). That history never included a triple double, until LeBron James changed that with his performance in today’s 33 point win over Australia in the quarterfinals of the Olympic tournament.
James had 11 points, 14 rebounds, and 12 assists. At this point, allow me to remind you that games played under FIBA rules are shorter than the NBA’s 48 minute contests by 8 minutes. That just makes the feat all the more impressive. To think that just a few months ago people were still foolishly calling James overrated.
Kobe Bryant led the team in scoring with 20 points, hitting six of his ten three point attempts in the process. He and James were just two of six players to score in double figures for the Americans, who shot 19-46 (41%) as a team for the game. As good as that is, and the result was, I’d still like to see the fastest, most athletic team in the history of the world go to the basket a little bit more than they do.
Australia played well offensively, scoring more than every other team to play on the day excluding the Americans. They were paced by Patty Mills, currently a member of the San Antonio Spurs, who had 26 for the Aussies.
The United States now look ahead to a semifinal showdown with Argentina, who they defeated in the group stage 126-97, on Friday.