Twenty years ago, the Dream Team electrified Barcelona, defeating opponents by an average of 43.8 points en route to the gold medal. On July 22, Team USA returned to the city dressed like their predecessor, but they didn't play like them. Team USA outlasted Argentina 86-80 in the Olympic exhibition, the fourth of five tuneups the team will play before the London Games.
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Kevin Durant burned Argentina from the inside and outside during the exhibition, scoring 27 points, 21 of which came via the three-pointer.
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Milwaukee Bucks swingman Carlos Delfino (right) scored 15 points for Argentina in the losing effort.
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Russell Westbrook pushed the pace all game against Argentina, tallying 13 points, many of which came on the fast break.
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Kobe Bryant was in vintage form against Argentina, scoring 18 points in the too-close-for-comfort victory.
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Recent Phoenix Suns import Luis Scola reflects after the 86-80 loss. The versatile forward finished with 14 points.
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LeBron James' all-around game was on display against Argentina. The Miami Heat forward tallied 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists, and said he was pleased with the narrow victory. "I love it," he told the Associated Press . "You hate to breeze through exhibition games and then you get into London, and then you start getting competitive."
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Re-entered into the starting lineup, Chris Paul (left) came up big for Team USA. CP3 hit a three-pointer with 2:08 remaining in the contest, giving the Americans a cushion they did not surrender.
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Carmelo Anthony donned Magic Johnson's Dream Team jersey for the Olympic tuneup. "Those uniforms was nice," Anthony told reporters. "In the locker room, everybody was taking pictures with the uniforms. It just brings back so many memories from back then in '92."
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Andre Iguodala (left) saw limited minutes for Team USA, but made the most of his time on the court, hounding Argentina on defense from one baseline to the other.
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