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Team USA Basketball Vs. France: LeBron James, U.S. Defeat France, 98-71

Team USA Basketball's defense of their gold medal began rather easily on Sunday at the 2012 London Olympics, with the U.S. squad easily defeating the French team 98-71. The United States, led by Kevin Durant's 22 points, put a sluggish first quarter start behind them to outscore the French team by 26 points over the final three quarters of the game.

In addition to Durant's scoring, Kevin Love chipped in 14 points and three rebounds with LeBron James contributing nine points, eight assists and five rebounds. Tyson Chandler added eight points and and nine boards for the victorious American squad.

France was led by Ali Traore's 12 points, with NBA star Tony Parker adding 10.

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For more on Team USA Basketball's run in the 2012 London Olympics, stay tuned to this StoryStream. For a complete schedule of events and dates medals will be awarded, visit NBC Sports' official Olympic website. For complete coverage from the 2012 London Olympics, keep checking this StoryStream and visit SB Nation's Olympics hub.

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