Forward Kevin Durant scored 28 points, including eight three-pointers made, as the U.S. national basketball team beat Argentina in lopsided fashion, 126-97, on Aug. 6 in London.

Durant, born and raised in Prince Georges County, Md., scored most of his 28 points during the second half of the game, including 17 points scored during the third quarter. His hot shooting helped Team USA pull away from Argentina after only leading by one point at halftime. The three-time National Basketball Association (NBA) scoring champ simply couldn’t miss from behind the arc, and even nailed a three-pointer from well beyond 25 feet from the hoop.

Forward LeBron James followed Durant with 18 points, scoring Team USA’s first seven points of the second half before Durant caught fire. Guard Chris Paul added 17 points to Team USA’s game total, while also shooting well in the second half. Team USA scored 42 points in the third quarter alone.

“We’re a great shooting team, but in close games sometimes you’ve got to go down and get some easy ones, and I wanted the ball, whether it was layups or in the post,” James said. “Once you get a couple easy ones at the rim then the 3-pointers open up and you saw what KD was able to do.”

Argentina, which rosters a few NBA stars like forwards Manu Ginobli of the San Antonio Spurs and Luis Scola of the Phoenix Suns, gave a tough fight against the U.S. in the first half. Ginobli scored 16 points as Argentina kept the score tight through the first two quarters.
But the U.S. eventually stepped on the gas to blow Argentina away, proving themselves as still the best team in the Olympics.

“You kind of want to send a message a little bit,” said Team USA guard Kobe Bryant. “This was the second game in a row that a team has played us close. We didn’t want to give them confidence.”

Team USA will take a 5-0 record into the men’s basketball quarterfinals of the 2012 Olympics Games, where they’ll face Australia on Aug. 8.