USA to face Spain, Boomers set up Serbia clash

The United States men’s basketball team finally found their form at the Rio Olympics, while Australia and Spain also booked their places in the semi-finals and Serbia edged past Croatia.

The Americans stormed to a 105-78 victory over Argentina despite a slow start which saw them fall 19-9 behind early on, with Kevin Durant leading the scoring with 27 points to his name.

Paul George chipped in with 17 points and eight rebounds while DeMarcus Cousins contributed 15. Luis Scola netted 15 points for the men from Argentina, while Manu Ginobili ended his international career with 14 points on the night.

Australia also booked their place in the semi-finals with an impressive 90-64 victory over third-ranked Lithuania to set up a date with Serbia.

The Boomers, despite their ranking of 11th in the world, have been impressive in Rio and stormed to a 48-30 lead at the end of the second quarter, with Patty Mills leading the scoring with 24 points.

Bitter rivals France and Spain fought it out for a chance to take on the USA in the next round, and the clash between two of Europe’s finest saw the Spaniards emerge victorious with a 92-67 win.

Nikola Mirotic led the way for Spain with 23 points while Joffrey Lauvergne was the top-scoring Frenchman with 12 points and seven rebounds.

The last quarter-final of the evening saw Croatia and Serbia face off in an all-Balkan encounter, which the Serbians just edged in the final moments to win 86-83.

Bogdan Bogdanovic led the Serbians with 18 points and five assists, while Mario Hezonja was the top-scoring Croatian with 16 points and eight rebounds.

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