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13 Aug 2012

A final worthy of the Olympics

The last act of the men's basketball tournament has been balanced and fought.

The U.S. men's basketball team has won the Olympic title in London, the fourteenth title of its history, and the fifth since, in 1992, when the Dream Team began the era of the national American team "made in the NBA." They had a victory after a final and tight battle with Spain that was defeated 107-100. There was an even closer score in the final in Monaco in 1972, when the Soviet Union defeated the U.S. 51-50. Among outstanding Americans, the beautiful game of Kevin Durant, with 30 points and 9 rebounds, LeBron James, with crucial baskets in the most important moments of the game, and Chris Paul, who was able to intelligently manage the end of the race. Spain has resisted for most of the game, scoring more points than the opponents in the second quarter of the game and drawing the third, but eventually the power and the physical play of some of the champion U.S. team prevailed. Among the Spanish yet another great performance by Pau Gasol, with 24 points, 7 assists and 8 rebounds. The bronze medal went to Russia, who defeated Argentina 81-77. Decisive in the Russian victory, there was Alexey Shved and Andrei Kirilenko, respectively with 25 and 20 points. This is the first Olympic medal won by Russia since the former Soviet Union.