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The Lithuanians were 35½-point underdogs, according to oddsmakers.
Once again, the Americans bombed away from long distance, encouraging the suspicion that they could be in trouble if they’re not hitting against a top-quality team such as Spain. They shot 33 3-pointers, after attempting 46 against Nigeria, 25 against Tunisia and 25 against France.
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Is that too many?
"I don’t think so," said Kobe Bryant, who scored only six points. "We probably have to get to the offensive boards a little bit more, instead of kind of standing and watching the shots going up. When you have open looks you take them, especially from that distance for us.
"They just played very well," Bryant added. "The game slowed, which allowed them to stay in the game and kept us from getting out in transition and building up those momentums that we like to build. From that standpoint, it was difficult."
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