LONDON -- Three thoughts from the USA's 119-86 win over Australia
The second half? Different story. Bryant pumped in 20 points in the final 20 minutes, knocking down six of his nine three-point attempts, swelling the lead and putting the game out of reach before he headed to the bench in the fourth quarter. Bryant may have ceded leadership of this team to LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Co. but he is still the starting two-guard with a big role. The U.S. will need these type of performances, and possibly more, from Bryant as the competition tightens.
The Aussies didn't have the firepower to play catch-up when the U.S. started flipping in threes in bunches, but Argentina or the winner of Spain/Russia in a potential gold medal game just might.