The US continued its domination of the FIBA Americas Tournament last night, beating Mexico, 127-100, despite holding only a 15-point lead—its smallest so far—at halftime. The Mexican team, led by former Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson, outscored the US in the second quarter. "They just played every second of the game," said a relieved Mike Krzyzewski.
"I'm not into moral victories, but I am into the fact we came back and played extremely hard that second quarter," said Richardson. Carmelo Anthony's 28 points tied the US record for an Olympic qualifying game. Kobe Bryant racked up 21 points, and LeBron James and Dwight Howard each scored 19.