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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 29: Deron Williams #8 of United States smiles against France in the Men's Basketball Game on Day 2 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on July 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 29: Deron Williams #8 of United States smiles against France in the Men’s Basketball Game on Day 2 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on July 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The U.S. men’s basketball team overcame a slow start before cruising to a 98-71 win over France in their Olympic opener. Kevin Durant led the reigning gold medalists with 22 points while Kevin Love added 14 and Kobe Bryant had 10. The Americans led by a single point after the first quarter but held a 16-point advantage at halftime.

Playing with goggles to protect a recent eye injury, San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker had 10 points for France, which is expected to be a medal contender with six NBA players on the roster.

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