Australia's effort, poor 3-point and free-throw shooting hinder Americans

Updated: August 5, 2008, 1:55 PM ET
Associated Press

SHANGHAI, China -- They couldn't shoot, and occasionally they didn't defend. It was definitely a performance the Americans should be relieved came before they got to Beijing.

Undefeated, but no longer unchallenged, the U.S. Olympic men's basketball team wrapped up its exhibition schedule with its toughest test, pulling away to beat Australia 87-76 Tuesday night.

The United States led by only four points nearly halfway through the third quarter and was up by seven midway through ...

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