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Marion paces with 22

Updated: August 29, 2004, 2:51 PM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- Bronze is better than nothing. That's one Olympic lesson the U.S. men's basketball team was able to understand.

The Americans took the third-place game seriously Saturday night, earning some revenge and salvaging some self-respect in a 104-96 victory over Lithuania.

Although they didn't get what they wanted in Athens, they didn't embarrass themselves in their finale, either.

"You want to win the whole thing, but you've got to cherish the fact that ...

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