After an incredibly dominant performance against Nigeria, the U.S. Men’s Basketball team looked unbeatable. But last night the Lithuanian Olympic team gave the Americans a reality check with a thrilling game that came down to the final minutes.
The Lithuanian Team kept pace with the Americans for the entire game. The two Olympic teams traded the lead several times during the game and with less than six minutes left in the game it looked like Lithuania would be able to serve up an incredible upset. But the U.S. Men’s Basketball team was able to pull it together in the final minutes to beat Lithuania 99-94.
ESPN reports that Lebron James put in eight of his 20 points in the final four minutes of the game. Carmelo Anthony also put in 20 points against Lithuania and Kevin Durant added 16.
Kevin Negandhi of ESPN put the blame on the shoulders of a player who wasn’t even there: Dwight Howard. The USA Team had several NBA players who had to pull out of the Olympics due to injury, but the absence of Dwight Howard is leaving the biggest hole in the American’s roster.
I know one team that misses Dwight Howard right now.. No inside presence hurting Team USA on both ends..
— Kevin Negandhi (@KNegandhiESPN) August 4, 2012
Matt Moore, a sports blogger with CBS, writes that the game was close solely because of an extraordinary effort by the Lithuanian team.
That was the best game played by a non-US team in Olympic play. No kidding. They literally gave their best.
— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) August 4, 2012
Did you watch the U.S. Men’s Basketball game against Lithuania? Do you think Team USA is destined for gold at the 2012 London Olympics?