Monday, August 13, 2012
Team USA wins gold for the second straight Olympics.
This game, just like the one at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, wasn't easy for the Americans.
NBA finals rivals, Lebron James and Kevin Durant, lead the way for team U.S.A in the most important game of all, they defeated Spain 107 to 100. Durant scored 30 points and kept the United States in the game every time Spain was about to take the lead, James had 17 points, 7 rebounds & 4 assists, but saved his best for last. Pau Gasol finished with 24 points & Juan Carlos Navarro had 21.
The first quarter had both teams on fire from behind the three point arc, Juan Carlos Navarro was hitting just about everything he shot and Kevin Durant & Kobe Bryant weren't backing down. Team U.S.A ended up with a 35-27 lead after the first 10 minutes.
The second quarter featured more amazing shooting by team U.S.A, however, Spain used their height to pound the ball down low, forcing USA to commit a lot of fouls and didn't let them get in those incredible runs they had in the previous games and that had them a little bit frustrated. Spain fell behind by a single point after the 1st half. Juan Carlos Navarro carried Spain scoring 19 points at the half.
Pau Gasol dominated the third period, he was determined to give his team the win, he scored 15 of Spain's 24 third quarter points, however, Spain couldn't go to the 4th quarter with a lead, after all of that USA kept that one point lead they got at the half. Durant was responsible of keeping them in the game.
Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and Lebron James were responsible for getting the win, a three pointer and a layup by Paul and another layup by James let team USA breathe and get a quick 7 point lead while Spain had Pau Gasol was on the bench. While Spain tried to get close, Durant made sure that wasn't happening, his three gave them a 7 point lead again and Bryant's banker extended that lead to 10.
Gasol and Spain still had a small opportunity of closing the gap, but James hit a three with 2:50 left in the game that put them away for good. Spain put up and incredible fight and never stopped playing hard, team U.S.A just had amazing depth and it was just too much to overcome, they converted every timely shot.