US men hold off Argentina in basketball exhibition

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Kevin Durant scored 27 points and the United States held on for a narrow 86-80 victory over Argentina in an exhibition game on Sunday.

The Americans got off to a hot start but their lead was down to four with 2:50 left after Manu Ginobili's three-point play. But Durant and Chris Paul hit big 3-pointers as the U.S. won after being pushed for the second time in its four exhibition games.

Kobe Bryant added 18 points and LeBron James 15 for the U.S., which beat Brazil 80-69 in a similarly rugged game last week in Washington.

Ginobili scored 23 points, Carlos Delfino had 15 and Luis Scola 14 for Argentina.

Back in Barcelona, where the Dream Team won gold 20 years earlier, the U.S. players wore that team's throwback uniforms.