MANILA, Philippines – The United States Olympic team blew hot and cold but had enough scoring punch to hold off Argentina, 86-80, in a bruising pre-Olympics exhibition game at Palau Sant Jordi.
Kevin Durant led the defending Olympic champions with 27 points, while Kobe Bryant added 18.
Argentina came within four at 78-74 with less than three minutes to go, but the US held them off with three-pointers from Durant and Chris Paul, along with physical inside work by LeBron James.
Manu Ginobili paced Argentina with 23 points.
The US team will play their final tune-up match before heading to London against Spain on Tuesday in a rematch of their gold medal game in Beijing. -- Mornings @ ANC, July 23, 2012.