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Redeem Team uses defense to swat Greece

The Redeem Team settled one score today when they routed Greece, 92-69, on the strength of outstanding defense. In fact, defense has been the trademark of the Americans so far in Beijing.

Greece beat the U.S. two years ago in the world championship semifinals shooting 63 percent and schooling the Americans in offensive fundamentals.

That’s not the way it went today.

Greece shot just 41.3 percent from the field and committed 25 turnovers. The Americans had 15 steals, six by Dwyane Wade and seven blocked shots (in contrast, Greece had just four steals and one blocked shot).

Seven U.S. players played at least 20 minutes and Chris Bosh, off the bench, had 18 points. Kobe Bryant also had 18 and Wade had 17 plus five assists. LeBron James had 13 points and six assists.

The victory gets the Americans (3-0) into the medal round and next up within their bracket is world champion Spain on Saturday.

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