WASHINGTON — Tough start for the Americans. The Olympic basketball team couldn’t get a stop, the president couldn’t get a kiss.
Eventually, things worked out for both of them.
LeBron James scored 30 points and the U.S. rallied from an early 10-point deficit to beat Brazil 80-69 on Monday night in its final exhibition game on home soil.
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden watched the Americans get off to a dismal start, then turn it around by holding the Brazilians to two baskets in the second quarter.
“They came out really counterpunching and taking advantage of our aggressiveness on defense, and they’re well coached. They came in with a great plan and executed their plan very well start of the game,” U.S. guard Kobe Bryant said. “We made our adjustments second quarter, kept them to five points, which after the 20-something point first quarter is pretty impressive.”
James helped the U.S. pull away in the final four minutes after they led by only seven with 4½ minutes left, getting his final point on a free throw with 31 seconds left as Obama departed.
James, who scored 14 points in the final period, said it was “humbling” and “overwhelming” to play in front of the president.