The United States men’s olympic basketball team has advanded to the quarterfinals after destroying Spain 119-82.
“They wanted to make a statement in this game, playing against us, and they did,” Spain’s Pau Gasol said. “They sent a message to everybody in the tournament. They didn’t do it before, and now everybody knows that they’re for real, and they’re very serious about this.”
Anything the Americans shot seemed to score some points.
“We shot 45 percent from the 3 and we shot close to 80 from the free throw line, so that’s a plus if we can do that,” LeBron James said. “We know we’re going to defend, we know we’re going to get fast break points, but when we can shoot the ball from the outside like that and shoot free throws well it’s going to be tough to beat us.”
The United States will now face the #4 seed in the quarterfinals which will be either Australia or Croatia.