Durant Leads USA Past France in Opener

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Posted Jul 29, 2012

Thanks to a first-half that saw Kevin Durant pour in 15 points, Team USA jumped out to a 16-point halftime lead and never looked back, rolling France 98-71 in the team's opener at the Olympics in London Sunday.

Team USA led by just one point, 22-21, after the first quarter before winning the next two quarters by a combined 26 points.

Just how good was the former Longhorn? Kevin Durant led Team USA in time played (27:54) points (22), three-pointers (three), three-point percentage (60), free throws and free throws attempted (7-of-7), blocked shots (two) and tied for the lead in steals (two) and fouls drawn (four). He could have had even more points, but Durant passed up a few open shots to look for teammates.

Still, on a roster that features a number of excellent passers, Durant has a fantastic shot to lead the team in scoring, and see a number of open shots, as Team USA pushes toward the gold.

For its part, France was one of the more stacked Olympic teams in terms of NBA talent, including San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker. But Parker shot just 4-for-11 and finished with 10 points.

The Americans return to the court against Tunisia at 4:15 p.m. Central on Tuesday, July 31 and then face Nigeria at 4:15 p.m. Central on Thursday, Aug. 2. Team USA meets Lithuania at 8:30 a.m. Central on Saturday, Aug. 4 before concluding preliminary round play against Argentina at 4:15 p.m. Central on Monday, Aug. 6.

The top four teams from each Olympic preliminary round group will advance to the Aug. 8 quarterfinals, with the winners playing in the semifinals on Aug. 10 and the medal games on Aug. 12.

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