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[VIDEO+PICS] Michelle Obama: All HUGS & KISSES for Kobe Bryant & men's basketball team after they defeated France

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First Lady Michelle Obama, left, was on hand in London today, cheering on the U.S. from the sidelines as the nation's Dream Team defeated France 98-71 in the preliminary rounds of the Olympic Games. The French team came off worse for wear throughout the game, making only 1 of 11 3-pointers and missed seven free throws, allowing the U.S. to take a 52-36 halftime lead. Mrs Obama hugged the players as they left the court victorious, taking time to congratulate each one with a personal embrace. LeBron James, bottom left, lead the charge toward the FLOTUS, planting a peck on Mrs Obama's cheek. The players lined up and hugged her one by one, including Kobe Bryant, top right, Anthony Davis, bottom right, Kevin Durant, bottom center, and James Harden, top left.

 

First Lady Michelle Obama was on hand in London today, cheering on the U.S. from the sidelines as the nation's Dream Team defeated France 98-71 in the preliminary rounds of the Olympic Games.

The French team came off worse for wear throughout the game, making only 1 of 11 3-pointers and missed seven free throws, allowing the U.S. to take a 52-36 halftime lead.

Mrs Obama hugged the players as they left the court victorious, taking time to congratulate each one with a personal embrace. LeBron James lead the charge toward the FLOTUS, planting a peck on Mrs Obama's cheek.

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Champion

Champion: U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, left, hugs player Kobe Bryant after their basketball game against France during the London 2012 Olympic Games

Go Team!

Go Team! First Lady Michelle Obama hugs USA's Lebron James after USA defeated France in a preliminary men's basketball game

 

Good Job!

Good Job! Mrs Obama hugged the players as they left the court victorious, taking time to congratulate each one

Affection:

Affection: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama hugs U.S. basketball player Russell Westbrook

Kevin Durant scored 22 points, LeBron James added eight assists and the U.S. Olympic men's basketball team opened tournament play with a rough-and-ragged 98-71 win over France on Sunday.

Seeking a second straight gold medal to match the one they won in Beijing four years ago, the Americans expected a tough test from a French team featuring San Antonio guard Tony Parker and five other NBA players.

The U.S. was never in real trouble, and after overcoming some major foul issues and sloppy play, the superstar-laden squad finally put France away in the second half.

 

Kobe Bryant had said this team could beat the 1992 Dream Team that changed international hoops forever at the Barcelona Games. That matchup is mythical, but the London Games aren't and this U.S. team will have to play much better in upcoming games if it plans to maintain American dominance.

With first lady Michelle Obama on hand to cheer on the U.S., Durant, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler added nine rebounds apiece Kevin Love finished with 14 points for the Americans. The U.S. will next play Tuesday against Tunisia, beaten 60-56 by Nigeria in the tournament opener.

As they left the floor, the U.S. players stopped to hug the first lady.

USA

USA: First lady Michelle Obama cheered on the U.S. as the nation's Dream Team as they defeated France 98-71 in the Olympic games

High

High: U.S. guard Kobe Bryant, left, shoots during the Men's Preliminary Round Group A match United States vs France at the London 2012 Olympic Games

 

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Score: The French team came off worse for wear throughout the game, making only 1 of 11 3-pointers and missed seven free throws, allowing the U.S. to take a 52-36 halftime lead

Good Sport:

Good Sport: First Lady Michelle Obama congratulates members of Team USA after defeating France in a preliminary men's basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics

US centre Anthony Davis, lef,t US guard James Harden
US guard James Harden

Attaboy! U.S. center Anthony Davis, left, and U.S. guard James Harden. right, are congratulated by the First Lady

 

Parker, playing with goggles to protect a surgically repaired left eye, scored 10 points but France, which trailed by just one point after the first quarter, fell to 0-5 in Olympic competition against the USA. Ali Traore led the French with 12 points.

With the U.S. leading 52-36 at halftime, Durant opened the second half with a 3-pointer, Bryant dropped one from long range and after James dunked an alley-oop pass from Deron Williams, the Americans led 64-43.

The U.S. team's lead ballooned to 78-51 after three quarters, allowing coach Mike Krzyzewski to rest Bryant, James and Durant for most of the fourth quarter. With the game well in hand, Krzyzewski even gave 19-year-old Anthony Davis, the top pick in June's NBA draft, his first taste of Olympic play.

Unlike his peers, Krzyzewski has the luxury of a deep bench and he was forced to go it early and often in the first half, when the Americans racked up fouls.

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Hard Work: The U.S. was never in real trouble, and after overcoming some major foul issues and sloppy play, the superstar-laden squad finally put France away in the second half

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Dunk: U.S. forward LeBron James, center, hangs on the hoop during the Men's Preliminary Round Group A match United States vs France

After the U.S. started the game by missing its first six three-point attempts, Bryant, James and Durant started finding the range from beyond the arc. The trio finished the game a combined 6 for 12 from three-point range while the rest of the U.S. went 2 for 13.

Parker nearly missed these Olympics. The 30-year-old recently underwent surgery after he was hit with broken glass during a nightclub fight in New York. Parker was not involved in the bottle-throwing melee between R&B singer Chris Brown and members of rapper Drake's entourage.

He was able to break down the U.S. defense early on, but once the Americans forced the ball from his hands, the French had no one else to turn to.

American's multimillion dollar conglomerate of hoop talent came out of the locker room singing on the way to the floor for pregame warmups. Their chants caught the attention of several Brazilian players still doing interviews following a tight opening win over Australia.

As Bryant, James and Durant filed onto the hardwood, some of France's players turned to take a look.

Things to Come:

Things to Come: Kobe Bryant had said this team could beat the 1992 Dream Team that changed international hoops forever at the Barcelona Games. The First Lady is pictured at the game

Coach

Coach: First Lady Michelle Obama talks with USA's Kobe Bryant after USA defeated France

The U.S. players weren't nearly so jovial at halftime following a sloppy, foul-filled first half in which the Americans were whistled for 18 personals and complained about some calls. Anthony and Russell Westbrook spent the final six minutes of the second quarter on the bench after picking up their third fouls.

A few days ago, France's Ronny Turiaf likened the U.S. team's ability to play big or small to a two-faced beast.

Score

Score: Kevin Durant of the U.S. dunks the basketball as France's Boris Diaw watches during their men's Group A basketball match

Number One:

Number One: U.S. coach Michael Krzyzewski, left, is congratulated by US First Lady Michelle Obama

‘That team is like a Gemini,’ said Turiaf, who will play with Paul and the Clippers next season. ‘They have two faces, a nightmare-nightmare.’

But the U.S. team was its own worst enemy in the first quarter. Too often, the American settled for jump shots rather than driving to the basket. The Americans missed all six 3-pointers in the opening period, and when France's Yannick Bokolo drained a 3 in the final second, France was within 22-21.

James opened the second quarter with a 3 and the U.S. quickly went on an 11-0 run before it was slowed down by a rash of fouls - several of them needless.

Fortunately for the Americans, the French made only 1 of 11 3-pointers and missed seven free throws, allowing the U.S. to take a 52-36 halftime lead.

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