Kevin Durant was not going away empty handed this time. Thanks to a record-setting 3-point shooting performance from Durantula, the Men’s USA Basketball team earned their fifth Olympic Gold medal. Team USA escaped with a 107 to 100 win over Spain in rematch of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Durant scored 30 points and was 5 of 13 from beyond the arc, setting U.S. Olympic single-game record for 3-pointers attempted. Durant got help from Kobe Brytant (17 points ) and LeBron James (19 points ) but a solid, all-around game from all players gave them the victory.
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Spain, anchored by several NBA players including Pau Gasol, Marc Gasol, Jose Calderon and Rudy Fernandez, were no pushovers and gave 2012 “Dream Team” a run for their money.
“We knew it wasn’t going to be easy. We didn’t want it easy,” LeBron James said. “A lot of teams have won gold easy. We didn’t want it that way. We’re a competitive team, and we love when it gets tight. That’s when our will and determination kind of shows. It was the same way in ’08.”
LeBron joined Michael Jordan in becoming the only other NBA player to win the NBA title, regular-season MVP, NBA Finals MVP and Olympic gold in the same year.
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