Team USA crushed Spain 101-72 to win their sixth-consecutive gold medal. In what will likely be their last Olympic games, Tamika Catchings, Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird (who played through a knee sprain) can walk away from international play as 4-time gold medalists and some of the best ever to play the game.
It was still too close for comfort, but the United States flashed just enough firepower offensively to overcome another poor defensive effort in a 100-97 win over France on Sunday in the final game of group play. This was in large part due to Klay Thompson’s best game of the tournament.
It was closer than Team USA’s first game, but the Americans had no trouble taking down FIBA's No. 3-ranked Spain 103-63 in another matchup decided by halftime. It’s pretty clear by now that Team USA has far and away the pool’s most talented team.
The United States crushed Argentina, 105-78, to advance to the semifinals in the 2016 Olympic men's basketball tournament Wednesday night. It was easily the Americans' best performance yet in Rio, and there was no need for late heroics to end the Golden Generation's run.
Team USA has a chance to win their sixth consecutive gold medal on Saturday after finishing off France in the semifinals, 86-67. USA won it without their starting point guard, Sue Bird, who is day-to-day with a knee sprain she suffered in the quarterfinals. It's unclear if she'll play in the gold medal game.
It wasn't easy but Team USA managed to escape their semifinals matchup against Spain with an 82-76 win. The game was always expected to be close, as the U.S. has struggled with quality opponents all tournament long, but Spain could never break through despite a great performance by Pau Gasol, who had 23 points in the losing effort.
Venezuela fought valiantly, but it was only enough to keep them close for a quarter-and-a-half. After struggling to get going, Team USA eventually found its groove and followed up their 57-point rout of China with a 113-69 win over Venezuela. The Americans move to 2-0 against Group A in the 2016 Olympic Games.
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