LONDON, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Kobe Bryant scored all of his 20 points in the second half Wednesday to push the United States into the Olympic semifinals with a 119-86 win over Australia.
The quarterfinal victory came after the Australians had clawed within 3 points less than 2 minutes deep into the third period.
Bryant then went to work and LeBron James produced his first Olympic triple-double to give the Americans some breathing room.
They created a semifinal date Friday with Argentina, a team the United States defeated during group play 126-97.
A 3-pointer by Joe Ingles with 8:27 left in the third period brought Australia within 56-53. The Americans opened a 14-point lead at the end of the third period and outscored the Australians in the final period by 19.
Bryant hit 6-of-10 shots from 3-point range while James had 11 points, 12 assists and 14 rebounds.
Argentina advanced to its meeting with the United States by downing Brazil 82-77.
Russia, which finished on top of its group during the round-robin portion of the tournament, downed Lithuania 83-74 to get to the semifinals, where it will meet Spain.
The Spanish, who lost to the United States in the gold medal game in Beijing four years ago, outlasted France 66-59.
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