Dream Team awakens in time to repel Argentina ATLANTA OLYMPICS

July 21, 1996|By Don Markus

ATLANTA -- Argentina hadn't played men's basketball in the Olympics since the 1952 Games in Helsinki, Finland, losing to the United States by nine points.

Talk about laying in wait.

Argentina, a team that former Duke star Grant hill admitted last week he knew nothing about, proved to be the Dream Team's worst nightmare for more than a half last night at the Georgia Dome.

When the United States woke up from its nearly 30-minute slumber in their Olympic opener, it pulled away to a deceptively one-sided 96-68 victory.

It was a strange night for the Dream Team. A bank of lights went out and dimmed the dome for about 10 minutes in the first half with the U.S. team trailing, 15-14.

The Dream Team ran off 10 straight points in a 19-5 burst after the lights came back on. It was later detected that an engineer had inadvertently hit the switch.

Leading by only 46-44 at halftime and by six with a little over 10 minutes left, the U.S. went on a 10-0 run to break things open.

Pub Date: 7/21/96

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