U.S. Struggles Against Brazil Before Lebron Takes Over in 80-69 Win

The Dream Team never found itself in a 10 point hole against international competition. Sometimes it is amazing how quickly one's statements can be followed by their foot in their mouth.

After saying that the 2012 U.S.A. Team could beat the fabled 1992 Dream Team, the U.S.A. struggled early against a feisty Brazil squad. It wasn't until the team locked down defensively limiting Brazil to just two field goals in the second quarter, using a decisive 16-2 run to lead at half by five.

Lebron James led all scorers with 30 points and the U.S. struggled from long range, only hitting one of 12 three point attempts.

President Obama and Vice President Biden were in the stands, and Obama was denied on the "Kiss Cam" by the First Lady in the second quarter, probably the second biggest story to the U.S. team's initial struggles. After walloping the Domincan Republic 113-59, the U.S. expected a much stiffer challenge.

The U.S. Team now travels to Europe to play Britain in England on Thursday, and then travel to Spain to face Argentina and Spain.

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