Two days after Team USA scored a blistering 156 points in a record-shattering 83-point win over Nigeria, the mens hoops team barely outlasted Lithuania for a 99-94 win.
Over the past week, the Americans had looked invincible. They won their first three pool games by an average of 52.2 points and played so well that they canceled their last two practices and to support other American Olympic athletes. Few expected their contest against Lithuania to be different.
However, Lithuania's led by Linas Kleiza had different plans.
The tension and drama was palpable inside an arena packed with Lithuania supporters until the closing minutes. There was one team that could not miss and another team that missed a lot, only this time, the Americans went cold.
Fortunately, LeBron James scored nine of his 20 points in the final four minutes for the U.S. (4-0). Carmelo Anthony added 20 points, Kevin Durant 16 and Chris Paul added seven rebounds, six assists and four of the U.S. team's 17 steals.