Team USA women's basketball vs. Nigeria score, Tokyo Olympics: Live updates as U.S. eyes seventh straight gold - CBSSports.com

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USA Basketball women's national team has been synonymous with Olympic greatness for many years now. Team USA hasn't lost a game since the 1996 Summer Games and seeks its seventh consecutive gold medal as they began play in the Tokyo Games against Nigeria early Tuesday morning in the group stage round. After one half of play, the United States has started to take control of this matchup as they own a 70-50 lead with 12 minutes of play left to go. 

Led by WNBA legends Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi and Sylvia Fowles, who between the three have a combined 11 Olympic gold medals, Team USA is once again heavy favorites to repeat as champions again. It begins its journey to another first-place finish against Nigeria. It's a rematch from just a week ago when these two teams faced off in an exhibition game ahead of the Olympics in Las Vegas. Team USA routed the Nigerians 93-62 in that game behind strong performances from A'ja Wilson and Breanna Stewart. The United States will try to replicate that success and knock off any residual rust against a Nigeria team that will be trying to pull off an upset against the heavily favored Americans.

Follow below for all the real-time updates throughout the preliminary group stage game between Team USA and Nigeria. 

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team usa settled down and are pulling away once again. this one is just about over

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team usa getting sloppy and nigeria has gone on a run here late in the fourth quarter. all of a sudden it's a single digit game with 3:19 left

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umm taurasi just caught a pass on the wing and whipped the ball into the corner to no one without looking. guess she thought someone was going to be there lol

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team usa getting a little lackadaisical here but still up by 17 with just 6:43 left

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jewell loyd down after trying to fight through a screen. hopefully just got the wind knocked out of her

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70-50 team usa at the end of the third quarter. the americans are in full control and should pick up their 50th straight olympic win. a'ja wilson with 14 points to lead team usa, while brittney griner has 13 points

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team usa has switched to a zone and are daring nigeria to beat them from outside. pretty wise strategy considering nigeria are 4-25 from three point land

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this game has been a lesson in the difference between wnba and fiba officiating. a lot more contact allowed on defense and the refs are super eager to call offensive fouls

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at one point in the second quarter it was 25-20 nigeria. it's now 58-36 team usa with 6 min left in the third. just an incredible turnaround on both ends

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griner has been terrific on both sides of the floor tonight. she's up to 11 points and 8 rebounds, and has been causing all sorts of havoc on the defensive end

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team usa going right back inside and have already drawn three fouls in the first few minutes

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okay we're back here for the second half. will team usa be able to pick up where they left off?

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44-32 team usa at the half. after a slow start, the americans adapted to the pressure from the nigerians, stopped turning the ball over and took over in the second quarter. they won the frame 27-12, and at one point ripped off a 23-0 run to seize control of the game. diana taurasi with 10 points to lead all scorers. brittney griner and a'ja wilson have each chipped in 7

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and nigeria finally scores to end a 23-0 run

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team usa working the ball inside relentlessly now and are just dominating

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tina charles with a baseline jumper and all of a sudden team usa is up 37-25. they're on a 17-0 run. the massive talent discrepancy has been on display the last few minutes. nigeria just can't get anything going offensively

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nigeria has been keeping multiple players down near the basket and are trapping/contesting every outlet pass. americans just keep getting flustered by it

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diana taurasi with a three in transition and the american's have jumped back in front

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a'ja wilson with two quick buckets inside. team usa needs more of that. nigeria doesn't have the size inside to deal with the likes of wilson, griner, fowles and charles

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nigeria deserves a lot of credit for their intensity and effort on defense, but a lot of this is team usa simply making poor decisions with the ball

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20-17 nigeria after the first quarter. shocking start for the americans, who are looking for their 50th straight olympic win. ify ibekwe with 7 points to lead nigeria. team usa is shooting 5-15 and has turned the ball over eight times already.

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team usa has really cooled off after that nice run in the middle of the quarter. shooting poorly and not taking care of the ball

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nigeria takes the lead here late in the first, 18-17. they've been getting to the line early and often. already 8-10 from the stripe

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aaaaannd then loyd bricks a corner three of the side of the backboard lol

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a couple of really nice jumpers on the move from jewell loyd. team usa has really picked it up after those slow first few minutes

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