The Team USA men's basketball team leads Argentina, 60-59, at halftime in a Group A game at the 2012 London Olympics. New York area athletes did not have a good half against Argentina.
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony had been leading the U.S. and was the fourth-leading scorer in the Olympics coming into the game against Argentina. He had a rough first half against Argentina and had to sit with two fouls. He was 0-for-4 from the floor and had just two points and three rebounds. Knicks center Tyson Chandler had three fouls, three rebounds and a blocked shot in the first half. Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams also ran into foul trouble and had two fouls an assist and a steal in the first half.
Argentina shot 55.9 percent from the field in the first half but the U.S. was able to use the turnover advantage (8-3) to grab a one-point lead at halftime. The U.S. led by just two after a well-played first quarter by both teams that ended 34-32. Three-point shooting has not been an issue for either team. The U.S. hit 9-of-22 from behind the arc while Argentina has hit 7-of-15 three-point attempts. Surprisingly, the U.S. is only 8-of-20 from inside the arc.
Chris Paul led the U.S. with 14 points in the half. Kevin Durant chipped in 11 points. Argentina's Manu Ginobili led all scores with 16 first-half points. Leonardo Gutierrez had 11 points for Argentina.