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Argentina, the quadrennial thorn

Manu Ginobili leads the first nation to beat Team USA club featuring NBA players

Originally Published: August 5, 2012
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

LONDON -- If Argentina gives Team USA its toughest game in Group A of the Olympic tournament, as so many international basketball experts presumed at the start of these Games, Monday night's farewell to pool play will be some show.

No opposing national team since the advent of the Dream Team in 1992 knows more about beating the United States than Argentina and its Manu Ginobili-led Golden Generation. As recently as July 22 in Barcelona, Los Albicelestes hacked away at a 20-point deficit ...

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