By K.C. Johnson
7:55 PM EDT, August 8, 2012
LONDON -- Kobe Bryant rallied from a scoreless first half with six 3-pointers and LeBron James added a triple double as the U.S. men's basketball eliminated pesky, physical Australia 119-86 in a quarterfinal Wednesday night at North Greenwich Arena.
The U.S. advances to face Argentina, which defeated Brazil earlier. Russia-Spain is the other semifinal. Bryant missed his first five shots before going nuts in the second half, including three straight 3-pointers at one point and 12 points in just over a minute. He finished with 20 points.
"I was just kind of searching for something to get me going, searching for something to activate the Black Mamba," Bryant said. "I was looking for something to get me an edge, find an edge and ride it the rest of the game."
James finished with 11 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists.
"I’m proud of the win," James said. "That¿s all that matters to me. I don¿t really care about me statistically what I do. Iżm just happy to move on."
Deron Williams added 18 points off the bench.