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was never in real trouble, and after overcoming some major foul issues and sloppy play, the superstar-laden squad finally put France away in the second half.
Kobe Bryant had said this team could beat the 1992 Dream Team that changed international hoops forever at the Barcelona Games. players stopped to hug the first lady.
Parker, playing with goggles to protect a surgically repaired left eye, scored 10 points but France, which trailed by just one point after the first quarter, fell to 0-5 in Olympic competition against the USA. team's AUTHENTIC JORDANS FOR CHEAP ON SALE lead ballooned to 78-51 after three quarters, allowing coach Mike Krzyzewski to rest Bryant, James and Durant for most of the fourth quarter. started the game by missing its first six three-point attempts, Bryant, James and Durant started finding the range from beyond the arc. went 2 for 13.
Parker nearly missed these Olympics. The 30-year-old recently underwent surgery after he was hit with broken glass during a nightclub fight in New York. defence early on, but once the Americans forced the ball from his hands, the French had no one else to turn to.
American's multimillion dollar conglomerate AUTHENTIC JORDANS of hoop talent came out of the locker room singing on the way to the floor for pregame warmups. players weren't nearly so jovial at halftime following a sloppy, foul-filled first half in which the Americans were whistled for 18 personals and complained about some calls. team's ability to play big or small to a two-faced beast.
"That team is like a Gemini," said Turiaf, who will play with Paul and the Clippers next season. "They have two faces, a nightmare-nightmare."
The "second quarter, it was 0-0 new game for them," Batum said. "They started to defend us, make some big shots."