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Highlights of USA vs Brazil

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LeBron James scored 30 points and the U.S. men's Olympic basketball team rallied from an early 10-point deficit to beat Brazil 80-69 on Monday night. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden watched the Americans get off to a dismal start, then turn it around by holding the Brazilians to two baskets in the second quarter. James helped the U.S. pull away in the final four minutes after they led by only seven, getting his final point on a free throw with 31 seconds left as Obama departed. Kevin Durant added 11 in his hometown for the Americans, who will leave Tuesday for Europe to complete their Olympic preparations. They face Britain in Manchester, England on Thursday before traveling to Barcelona to play Argentina and Spain. It's a solid exhibition schedule, and this game showed the Americans have some work to do before they get to London. They were just 1 of 12 from 3-point range in the first half and struggled offensively when forced to play in the halfcourt. The president met with the men's and women's teams, who swept the doubleheader from Brazil. He received a loud cheer when he arrived but like the U.S. players got off to a slow start, he needed a second chance before First Lady Michelle Obama would grant him a kiss on the "Kiss Cam" segment. Of course, that U.S. team didn't have James or anyone else from the team that won the 2008 Olympic gold medal and are the favorites to repeat. The Americans believe they have a better squad than four years ago and maybe even could have beaten the Dream Team, but perhaps it's time to end that debate. The Dream Team never found itself in a six-point game with six minutes to go, as the Americans did after Varejao tipped in a miss. The U.S. finally pulled away in the final 4 minutes, started by consecutive baskets by James, a 3-pointer and a bucket in the lane. "usa basketball olympic team" "brazil" "exhibition game" "present" "obama" "Dream team2012" "blake griffin" "Mike Krzyzewski" injury knee training practice conversation coach "Las Vegas" "American national team" "London Olympics" interview "kobe bryant" "LeBron James" "Kevin Durant" "Dwyane Wade" "Chris Bosh" "Andre Iguodala" "Carmelo Anthony" "Deron Williams" "Chris Paul" "Kevin Love" "Tyson Chandler" "Russell Westbrook" "James Harden"