US men's basketball team wins final Rio gold


August 22, 2016
The United States' (from left) Jimmy Butler, Kevin Durant, DeAndre Jordan and Kyle Lowry stand on the podium with their gold medals for men's basketball at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, yesterday. (AP Photo)


The United States Olympic men's basketball team won its third straight gold medal and did it easily, beating Serbia 96-66.

With the win, the Americans claim the final medal of the Rio Games.

After a few close calls earlier in the tournament, this was no contest. Kevin Durant scored 30 points and helped the U.S. jump out to a huge lead by halftime.

It was the final game for Mike Krzyzewski, who took the Americans back to the top and leaves with them there after becoming the first coach to win three Olympic gold medals.

Carmelo Anthony also picked up his third gold to go with a bronze, becoming the most decorated male in Olympic basketball history.

Serbia lost only 94-91 to the U.S. during pool play but was barely in the game again after a close first quarter.

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