Team USA Beats Spain 107-100 To Win Olympic Gold
The U.S. men's basketball team was able to capture gold at the 2012 Olympic Games by beating Spain 107-100 on Sunday.
Team USA was able to outlast Spain 107-100 to win a gold medal in men's hoops. LeBron James hit a big three-pointer with 2:00 remaining to give the U.S. a 102-93 lead. Pau Gasol was then whistled for a moving screen on Chris Paul, which gave possession to the U.S. and essentially ended the game.
Team USA only had a one-point lead at halftime 59-58. Spain kept it close in the 3rd quarter as the U.S. still maintained only a one-point lead at the end of three quarters 73-72. However, Team USA was able to outscore Spain by six points in the 4th quarter en route to winning Olympic gold. Kobe Bryant poured in 17 points while shooting 5-for-10 from the floor.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski said, "He's the best player in the game right now." Coach K was talking about LeBron James. After winning his first NBA title against the Oklahoma City Thunder two months ago, LeBron James was a pinnacle part of Team USA winning gold in London.
LeBron's career has taken a dramatic shift after being vilified for losing the NBA Finals in 2011 against the Dallas Mavericks. LeBron had to sit on the bench a little more than usual against Spain because of the four fouls he picked up. LeBron was still able to score 19 points to go along with 7 rebounds and 3 assists.
Coach K finishes his Team USA coaching career 62-1 with two gold medals in as many Olympic Games. That's not too shabby. LeBron James celebrated by dousing Coach K with two water bottles after beating Spain. The two then shared a long embrace.
Kevin Durant scored a game-high 30 points. Durant also became the leading scorer in any one Olympic contest by scoring 153 total points in the 2012 Summer Games in London. By beating Spain, Team USA captured back-to-back Olympic gold medals and the 14th gold medal for the U.S. in Olympic basketball history.
Brian Noe is the Brand Manager at 104.5 The Team, ESPN Radio in Albany, NY. Brian also hosts “The Noe Show” weekdays from 1-3 pm ET on WTMM.