7 Aug 2012

US top seedings in Olympic men's basketball tournament

12:10 pm on 7 August 2012

The United States men's basketball team has claimed top seeding for the Olympic quarter-finals after beating Argentina 126-97 in a bad-tempered game in London.

Players were knocked down on both sides and had to be separated from each other at the end of the first half in an ultra-physical game that seemed to awaken the sleeping giant US team that squeaked by Lithuania in their previous game.

The Americans completed a 5-nil run through the preliminary phase of the tournament and will face Australia in the quarter-finals.

Kevin Durant led the Americans with 28 points, hitting 8-of-10 from three-point range, and LeBron James added 18.

Manu Ginobili scored 16 points as Argentina's high scorer.

Argentina slipped to third seed in Group A and will play Brazil in the quarters.

Group B top seed Russia will play Lithuania, while France meets Spain.