Last Updated: 10/08/12 11:35pm
Chris Paul and LeBron James: helped the United States through to the final
The United States set up a repeat showdown with Spain for men's basketball gold with a resounding 109-83 victory over Argentina.
Kevin Durant scored 19 points while Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James added 18 apiece to help the reigning Olympic champions stay on course to defend the title they claimed with victory over the Spaniards in Beijing.
Argentina, featuring five members of the squad who won gold in Athens back in 2004, kept pace until midway through the third quarter when the Americans moved clear in clinical fashion.
They exploded with a 13-2 run that saw Durant score six and James seven, putting them 72-53 up and effectively out of sight.
Anthony poured in three quick threes to move them 93-64 up and they broke the 100-point barrier for the fifth time in their seven Olympic contests so far when James Harden hit a three-pointer late in the fourth quarter.
Earlier Spain had to overturn a double-digit half-time deficit to defeat Russia 67-59.
The European champions struggled offensively in the opening two quarters of the contest, shooting just 22 percent from the field, to leave themselves trailing 31-20.
However they found their touch from three-point range at the start of the second half, Jose Calderon's effort making it 46-46. A three for Russia briefly had them back in front, but Spain then reeled off nine straight points.
Pau Gasol led Spain, who will now at least match the silver they won in Beijing four years ago, with 16 points while Calderon added 14 and Marc Gasol and Rudy Fernandez had 11 each.
Sasha Kaun led the way with 14 points for Russia, who had come from 18 points down to win 77-74 when the two sides met in the group stages in London.
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