In the gold medal game for Olympic basketball this morning, Team USA defeated Spain 107-100 behind 30 points and 9 rebounds for Kevin Durant. This was an excellent game and Spain only trailed by 1 heading into the 4th quarter. They had a chance to pull off the upset, but the US just made too many plays, including a clutch 3 from Lebron James, down the stretch.
The Spaniards were led by Pau Gasol, who had 24 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists. He kept Spain in the game and they needed him to play every minute. Spain also had 21 points from former Memphis Grizzly Juan Carlos Navarro, 17 points from Marc Gasol, and 12 points and 9 rebounds from Serge Ibaka off the bench.
For the Nets, Deron Williams only played 10 minutes and scored 6 points on 2 3’s. Along with Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Lebron James, and Carmelo Anthony, Deron has won back-to-back gold medals at the Olympics. He joins an elite group of athletes to do this. Deron did not play great in these Olympics, but he did not need to. I am glad that he did not get injured or play too many minutes and still won the gold medal. He is also the first Net to ever win a gold medal in the Olympics.
Even though this group of Americans may not be quite as good as the Dream Team in 1992, they accomplished their goal of winning the gold medal, and that should be good enough for any basketball fan.