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Taurasi, Team USA to play for gold

Americans rally from four-point halftime deficit for 86-73 semifinal victory

Updated: August 9, 2012, 10:59 PM ET
By Jackie MacMullan | ESPN.com

LONDON -- So it happened. Somebody finally punched the United States women's basketball team squarely in the face.

And you know what? U.S. tri-captain Diana Taurasi kinda liked it. Not trailing by four points at halftime, exactly, but the fact this semifinal Olympic game against Australia was edgy, contested.

"Not the worst thing for us,'' she suggested.

"Well, Diana's very competitive,'' noted fellow captain Sue Bird, who has developed a reputation ...

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