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Big fourth by Kobe lifts U.S. to semis

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USA guard Kobe Bryant (10) reacts during the men's quarterfinal against Australia in the 2012 London Olympic Games.
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The U.S. men’s basketball team booked its expected place in the semifinals of the Olympic tournament on Wednesday, but were given a good game by Australia before Kobe Bryant put on a fourth-quarter show in a 119-86 win.

Bryant drilled four 3-pointers in succession to chants of “Ko-be! Ko-be!” as the Americans ran away from a fatigued Australian team that had given its all for 30 rousing minutes. Bryant finished with 20 points.

Former St. Mary’s star Patty Mills led Australia with 26 points.

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The U.S. will meet Argentina in Friday’s semifinals



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