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August 6, 2008

Olympics – Basketball: Redeem Team Arrives in Beijing With 5-0 Record

 The ‘Redeem Team’ wrapped up its exhibition schedule with its toughest test, pulling away and beating Australia 87-76 Tuesday night in Shanghai, China – their final game before heading to Beijing.

The United States led by only four points nearly halfway through the third quarter and was up by seven midway through the fourth against an Australian team that was resting its best player, Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut.

Dwyane Wade scored 22 points; LeBron James had 16; Kobe Bryant scored 13 points and Carmelo Anthony had 12 points with 10 rebounds.  We finished three of 18 from behind the arc and 20 of 33 (61 percent) at the foul line.

Team USA arrived in Beijing amid near pandemonium.  When the team arrived at Beijing’s airport on Wednesday dozens of fans, most wielding cell phones or digital cameras, who had mounted a spiked iron fence to get a closer look at their American basketball heroes were on-hand screaming and shouting.  Many shouted “Kou-bi-er” — the local rendering of Bryant’s name — in hopes of getting his attention.  Later in the day the players held a team meeting before deciding to head to the Olympic village to take in the sights.

Team USA plays China on Sunday, August 10 at 10:15am EST

USA/Russia – Sunday, August 3

USA/Australia – Tuesday, August 5

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