The United States men's basketball team has won the gold medal after defeating France, 87-82, avenging the loss Team USA suffered in the opening game of group play. It is the fourth straight Olympic gold for the Americans.
As he has been for the majority of the tournament, Kevin Durant was spectacular for Team USA as he finished the win with 29 points to go along with six rebounds and three assists. Jayson Tatum stepped up to provide Durant with the most help on the offensive end, finishing with 19 points to join Damian Lillard and Jrue Holiday as double-digit scorers as the guards finished the game with 11 points apiece.
The tournament began with 12 teams competing in the Olympics and split into three groups, with every team within a group facing the other three teams from the group for a total of three games in the group stage. The teams that finished in first and second place from each group advanced into the quarterfinals, along with the two best third-place teams overall.
The U.S. team is led by San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who is the successor to Mike Krzyzewski. Popovich previously won a bronze medal as an assistant coach under Larry Brown at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Joining Popovich on the coaching staff are Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, Indiana Pacers assistant coach Lloyd Pierce and Villanova University coach Jay Wright.
The group stage of the Olympic basketball tournament ran from July 25 to Aug. 1, and the knockout stage will run from Aug. 3-7. With that said, here's everything you need to know about Team USA and men's basketball at the Olympics.
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Team USA roster
Golden State Warriors
San Antonio Spurs
Olympic preliminary round groups
- Group A: France, Iran, United States, Czech Republic
- Group B: Australia, Nigeria, Italy, Germany
- Group C: Argentina, Japan, Spain, Slovenia
Exhibition schedule, results
Saturday, July 10
Nigeria 90, United States 87
Monday, July 12
Australia 91, United States 83
Tuesday, July 13
United States 108, Argentina 80
Friday, July 16
United States vs. Australia -- canceled due to healthy and safety concerns
Sunday, July 18
United States 83, Spain 76
Preliminary group stage round
(All times U.S./Eastern)
Saturday, July 24
Group A: Czech Republic 84, Iran 78
Sunday, July 25
Group A: United States 83, France 76
Group B: Italy 92, Germany 82
Group B: Australia 84, Nigeria 67
Monday, July 26
Group C: Slovenia 118, Argentina 100
Group C: Spain 88, Japan 77
Tuesday, July 27
Group B: Germany 99, Nigeria 92
Wednesday, July 28
Group A: United States 120, Iran 66
Group B: Australia 86, Italy 83
Group A: France 97, Czech Republic 77
Thursday, July 29
Group C: Slovenia 116, Japan 81
Group C: Spain 81, Argentina 71
Friday, July 30
Group A: France 79, Iran 62
Saturday, July 31
Group A: United States 119, Czech Republic 84
Group B: Italy 80, Nigeria 71
Group B: Australia 89, Germany 76
Sunday, Aug. 1
Group C: Argentina 97, Japan 77
Group C: Slovenia 95, Spain 87
Monday, Aug. 2
Slovenia 94, Germany 70
Tuesday, Aug. 3
United States 95, Spain 81
France 84, Italy 75
Australia 97, Argentina 59
Thursday, Aug. 5
United States 97, Australia 78
France 90, Slovenia 89
Gold Medal Game
Friday, Aug. 6
Bronze Medal Game
Saturday, Aug. 7
Australia 107, Slovenia 93