Stephon Marbury;Photo-RuetersTeam USA roared into the semifinals of the Olympics today with a sound 102 - 95 victory over previously undefeated Spain. Team USA found their stroke from long range and nailed 12 of 22 attempts from three point land. For those counting at home, that's 55 percent.

Gothamist Sport's whipping boy Stephon Marbury proved us wrong in a big way by dropping a US record 31 points on 10 of 15 shooting from the field, including 6 for 9 from downtown. Marbury had averaged a measley 4 points in the previous five games on 6 for 30 shooting.

Yesterday he told the NY Times why he had been struggling, "Before I came here I didn't play any basketball," Marbury said. "I played a game in the Rucker and I shot a couple of times. I've been lifting and getting myself ready for the season. I would never go into another Olympics without playing any basketball, but I'm not at all frustrated with that, because I knew it would be hard for me to get back my touch."

"Stephon shot the ball like Stephon today,'' Lamar Odom added.

Allen Iverson continued his strong play by adding 16 points. Carlos Boozer chipped in with 12 points in 22 minutes off the bench. The US used their long range marksmanship to ward of the foul trouble of Tim Duncan and Odom, who eventually fouled out.

Things heated up near then end of the game as Larry Brown exchanged some heated words with Spanish coach Mario Pesquera over US timeout with 23 seconds left and the US up by 11. US assistant Greg Popovich tried to intervene, to no avail.

Rueters reports: "It was like having an argument with my son. I tried to explain but he just wouldn't listen," said U.S. head coach Larry Brown, who had asked for a stoppage with 23 seconds to go. "I called the time out and then saw the clock and tried to cancel it, but (the officials) wouldn't let me. I tried to explain this to (the Spanish coach), that I meant no disrespect."

Still, the Spanish coach was not amused. "I had -- and I stress the word 'had' -- a lot of respect for Larry Brown,'' said Pesquera. "Dean Smith would have never done anything like that.'' Ouch!

The US will play the winner of tonight's Greece v. Argentina match on Friday in the semifinals.