The Serbians were expected to offer some resistance against Team USA in the gold medal match of the basketball tournament at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The Americans treated them to a blowout to prove that the United States is still in another level against international competition in the basketball world.
Team USA basketball won with a final score of 96-66 and underscored that the first match against the Serbians, which was just a three-point win, was a fluke.
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The Americans beat Serbia, 94-91 in the group stages and topped Group A. Team USA went on to advance to the knockout quarterfinals beating the veteran Argentina squad, 105-78 and then Spain, 82-76 in the semifinals.
Serbia shocked favored Australia in their semifinals game, 87-61 for the right to face the Americans in the gold medal match. However, Team USA was just too much right from the start.
Led by Kevin Durant, Team USA grabbed the 19-15 lead after the first quarter and pushed it to 52-29 lead after the first half. Serbia never challenged again and the Americans cruised to victory and yet another gold medal in the men’s basketball in the Olympics.
This is the third straight gold medal for Team USA in the Olympics after winning in 2008 in Beijing and 2012 in London.
This is their sixth gold medal in the last seven Olympics missing only in 2004 in Athens, Greece where Argentina was named champions. Overall, USA basketball has 15 gold medals in Olympics basketball history.
Durant led Team USA with 30 points on 10-of-19 shooting followed by DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings) and Golden State Warriors teammate Klay Thompson who had 13 and 12 points, respectively. Cousins completed the double-double with 15 rebounds underscoring the Americans dominance in the paint.
Gold – United States of America
Silver – Serbia
Bronze – Spain
4th – Australia
5th – Croatia
6th – France
7th – Lithuania
8th – Argentina
9th – Brazil
10th – Venezuela
11th – Nigeria
12th – China
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