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U.S. beats Argentina, will go for gold Sunday

The U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team has advanced to its first major gold-medal game in eight years after a 101-81 victory against Argentina.
Olympics Day 14 - Basketball
LeBron James shoots a jumper over Carlos Delfino of Argentina. Team USA won 101-81 to advance to the gold medal game.Jed Jacobsohn / Getty Images
/ Source: The Associated Press

The climb back to the top is nearly complete. One more win and U.S. basketball is golden again.

The Americans ended their streak of final four flops and Argentina’s hopes of an Olympic gold-medal repeat, starting fast and finishing strong in a 101-81 semifinal victory Friday.

All that’s left is what the U.S. players came for: a gold medal.

The United States scored 21 of the first 25 points, got a big break when Argentina star Manu Ginobili reinjured his left ankle, and surged into its first gold-medal game in eight years.

There’s still 40 minutes to go, but this U.S. team looks good as gold. All the Americans have to do now is beat Spain, who they clobbered by 37 points in pool play, on Sunday to win their first gold in a major international event since the 2000 Olympics.