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Team USA shakes off demons, defeats Argentina with ease

After dropping two straight exhibition games, Team USA got back on track on Tuesday night in prep for the Summer Olympics.

Kevin Durant #7 of the USA Men’s National Team dribbles the ball during the game against the Argentina Men’s National Team on July 13, 2021 at Michelob ULTRA Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Photo by Stephen Gosling/NBAE via Getty Images

Team USA basketball got back on track and shook off some early Olympic demons on Tuesday night, defeating Argentina 108-80 in Las Vegas. Team USA had lost two straight exhibition games in preparation for the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, falling to Australia on Monday night and Nigeria on Saturday night. The U.S. was without forward Jayson Tatum, who is day-to-day with knee soreness.

Kevin Durant and Bradley Beal each scored 17 points, while Zach LaVine, Damian Lillard and Bam Adebayo combined for 40 points, covering all the starting five. Former NBA great Luis Scola led Argentina in scoring with 16 points while Denver Nuggets G Facundo Campazzo only had 12 points.

Team USA will pick things back up with another game against the Aussies at 6 p.m. ET in Las Vegas on Friday before facing Spain on Sunday to wrap up exhibition play before the Olympics.