The U.S. Men’s Basketball team defeated Serbia 96-66 on Sunday to win the gold for the third consecutive time.
The U.S. and Serbia met during group play and the U.S. narrowly escaped the Serbs with a 94-91 thanks to Serbia’s Bogdan Bogdanovic missing a last-second 3-point shot that would have tied it. This game didn’t go the same way, however. Team USA had wrapped it up at halftime when they had a 52-29 lead.
Kevin Durant scored a team-high of 30 points, DaMarcus Cousins 13, Klay Thompson 12, and Carmelo Anthony 7.
Durant is now the U.S.’s second all-time leading scorer in U.S. Men’s Basketball history.
Kyrie Irving became the fourth member of Team USA to win a gold medal and an NBA title in the same year, joining the likes of Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and his Cleveland teammate LeBron James.
Carmelo Anthony became the all-time leading scorer in this tournament. He also broke David Robinson’s record of most rebounds in U.S. Men’s basketball history, when he collected his 125th rebound. Immediately after the game, he announced that he is retiring from international competition Anthony, who has won three gold medals and one bronze for his country will definitely go down as one of the greatest basketball players in history.
The U.S. has won 25 consecutive games in Olympic competition, including going 8-0 in their last three tournaments, all of which resulted in the U.S. winning a gold medal.
Mike Krzyzewski will now step down as head coach of the U.S. team. Krzyzewski is the first coach in history to win three Olympic Gold medals.