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Rio Olympic Basketball Segment 4 Recap: USA sneaks past Serbia

Two 40+ point blowouts and two last-second finishes headline the fourth segment of Olympic basketball in Rio.

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Just another basketball segment at the 2016 Rio Olympics, with two 40+ point blowouts and two games coming down to the final seconds.

Here’s a look at the results from the past 48 hours of Olympic basketball.

Mountain West Results

United States 94, Serbia 91

With a 27-15 lead at the end of the first quarter, it appeared that the Americans were well on their way to cruising to its fourth victory in as many games in the 2016 Rio Games. However, the Serbians didn’t bow down easily. With a late push in the fourth quarter, Serbia had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds with this wide open three-point attempt, but it hit front iron.

Former Fresno State guard Paul George had another solid outing Friday, logging 12 points, nine rebounds and four assists in the victory. However, it was after the game where George made the headlines, explaining to the media that his team needs to stop taking “one-on-five shots” and needs to develop a better trust factor with his teammates. Although the Americans are 4-0, it is clear that a lot needs to be worked out moving forward.

Australia 93, China 68

The Aussies pieced together a nice bounce back win after falling to USA on Wednesday. With Andrew Bogut out, the Mountain West spotlight was on Cameron Bairstow, the former New Mexico Lobo forward. Bairstow had his best performance of the 2016 Games on Friday, leading the Aussies with 17 points and nine rebounds to improve to 3-1. Bairstow also added a block and a steal.

Nigeria 90, Croatia 76

Nigeria is on the board with its first victory of the 2016 Rio Games. It was another impressive performance by an ex-MW player, as former UNLV guard Michael Umeh tallied 19 points, five rebounds and four assists en route to a 14-point victory over Croatia. Former Colorado State forward Andy Ogide also helped out the cause with a bucket off the bench.

Other Results

France 96, Venezuela 56

France absolutely dominated this one, notching a 40-point victory over Venezuela Friday. The French outscored the Venezuelans in every quarter, and closed out the matchup with a 30-9 run in the final 10 minutes. Six players on the French squad finished in double digits, with Joffrey Lauvergne leading the way with 17 points.

Argentina 111, Brazil 107

The most dramatic game of the fourth segment was a double overtime thriller between the Argentines and Brazilians. Andrew Nocioni (37 points) and Facundo Campazzo (33 points) single-handedly willed Argentina to its third victory of the 2016 Rio Games. Brazil’s Nene had 24 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort.

Spain 109, Lithuania 59

Ouch. Despite heading into this one undefeated, the Lithuanians suffered a massive 109-59 blowout loss at the hands of Spain. Six Spaniards finished the game in double figures, including NBA All-Star center Pau Gasol, who had 23 points and five rebounds.

Upcoming Schedule

Sunday - Group A

United States (4-0) vs. France (3-1) - 1:15pm ET

Australia (3-1) vs. Venezuela (1-3) - 6pm ET

Serbia (1-3) vs. China (0-4) - 9:30pm ET

Monday - Group B

Nigeria (1-3) vs. Brazil (1-3) - 1:15pm ET

Spain (2-2) vs. Argentina (3-1) - 6pm ET

Lithuania (3-1) vs. Croatia (2-2) - 9:30pm ET