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U.S. leads Australia at halftime in men's basketball quarterfinal

August 08, 2012|By K.C. Johnson
  • U.S. forward LeBron James slips past Australian defenders for a layup in the first half Wednesday night in London.
U.S. forward LeBron James slips past Australian defenders for a layup in… (Charles Krupa / Associated…)

LONDON --- Deron Williams scored 13 points, including one series of plays that drew a leap off the bench and several fist pumps from Coach Mike Krzyzewski, and Kevin Durant added nine as Team USA grabbed a 56-42 halftime lead over Australia in a men's basketball quarterfinal at North Greenwich Arena.

If the U.S. advances as expected, it will face Argentina in Friday's semifinals. Spain will play Russia is the other semifinal.

LeBron James spiced up the proceedings with three no-look passes, but the U.S. shot only 42.9% in a mostly listless first half.

Kobe Bryant failed to score and now has as many fouls as field goals with 14 in this tournament.

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