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U.S. has narrow lead at half of men's basketball gold-medal game

August 12, 2012|By Mike Bresnahan
  • LeBron James drives between Spain's Pau Gasol and Rudy Fernandez during the men's gold-medal basketball game.
LeBron James drives between Spain's Pau Gasol and Rudy Fernandez… (Charles Krupa / Associated…)

LONDON — There won't be a blowout in the gold-medal game.

Kevin Durant has 17 points in the first half and the U.S. barely leads Spain at halftime, 59-58, Sunday at North Greenwich Arena.

Juan Carlos Navarro has 19 points for Spain, which has made seven of 13 three-point attempts (54%).

Surprisingly, neither Pau Gasol nor brother Marc Gasol factored in the first half, Pau scoring eight points and Marc scoring only six.

Kevin Love has nine points for the U.S.

The Americans beat their previous seven opponents by an average of 35.7 points, while Spain messed around in preliminary play, barely beating a lousy Great Britain team, losing to Russia and then falling to Brazil in a meaningless game.

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