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Team USA Basketball Wins Gold Over France

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It’s always great to see a Big 4 sport from the United States win on a global stage.

What Team USA Basketball accomplished against France was not only an exceeding of expectations — beating the international team, 87-82, to mark the USA’s fourth consecutive gold medal in basketball — but a continuation of the resiliency motif that the Americans showcased throughout the tournament. Led by tremendous performances from Kevin Durant.

Durant scored 29 points against France and kept Team USA with their foot on the gas throughout the contest. At the half, Durant and the team led by five but were tasked with having to answer for France’s Evan Fournier and Rudy Gobert — the NBA’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year. Fournier finished with 16 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Gobert put in 16 points on offense and was the typical blockade in the paint.

Reaching the fourth quarter with an eight-point advantage, 71-63, Team USA’s Jrue Holiday and Jayson Tatum proved their salt with dependable scoring to keep the team ahead, while Draymond Green and Bam Adebayo equally flexed some muscle on defense to stunt Fournier and Gobert’s impact in the final minutes.

Without the requisite names to use the old formula of Team USA Basketball — which was to blow teams out by halftime — the ‘B’ squad of the NBA still managed to give an ‘A’ performance when it mattered most. They understood how to use their momentum to close out victories against stiff competition and stuck to it en route to gold.

While the team encountered a rough start to the Games with its consecutive exhibition losses to Nigeria and Australia, the squad’s rallying efforts — spearheaded by all-time Olympics great Kevin Durant — pushed them past their final game against France to secure the golden honors for the United States.

Durant earned his third Olympics gold medal, tying Carmelo Anthony for most by an American player.

Team USA Basketball

Bam Adebayo

Devin Booker

Bradley Beal

Kevin Durant

Jerami Grant

Draymond Green

Jrue Holiday

Keldon Johnson (did not play)

Zach LaVine

Damian Lillard

Kevin Love (did not play)

JaVale McGee

Khris Middleton

Jayson Tatum

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Written by Alejandro Avila

Alejandro Avila lives in Southern California and previously covered news for the LA Football Network. Guided by Kevin Harlan on one shoulder, Eli Manning on the other, Alejandro joins the OutKick community with an authentic passion for sports, pop culture, America, and episodes of Jeopardy!

 

Twitter: @AlejandroAveela

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  1. Congratulations to Team USA 🇺🇸. Way to win the Gold and way to stick a GIANT MIDDLE FINGER to the establishment. This is why WE love sports. People can take all the big boy shit you want to. What are you going to when you have another GROWN ASS MAN to compete against? Tucker Carlson, Clay Travis and Fox News can’t save your punk ass in the sports world. Just bring your ass and we’ll doing the KICKING . WAY TO GO TEAM USA. Real Americans were rooting for you. The Fascist Right loses again #GoodTrouble #BLM

  2. Lmbao… AWM wanted Team USA to lose and they won the Gold anyway while REAL AMERICANS root on other Americans. I hope it hurts so bad… If the VERY Fine MAGA People don’t like it. Form your own MAGA basketball team and 4 X 100 Relay Maga squad. Say hello to LAST PLACE… IJMFS

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