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Facing first true exhibition test against Brazil, Team USA overcomes a slow start

Originally Published: July 16, 2012
By Jared Zwerling | ESPNNewYork.com

WASHINGTON -- It was only a matter of time before Team USA was challenged on the court.

That came Monday night in the nation's capital in only its second exhibition game, with President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle, daughter Malia and Vice President Joe Biden looking on from courtside. After the Americans routed the Dominican Republic 113-59 on Thursday night in Las Vegas, they slugged through an 80-69 victory against the big and physical Brazilians at the Verizon Center.

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