Olympic Basketball 2012 Results: Medal Tracker, Analysis & More
As the basketball competition comes to a close in London the U.S. "Dream Team" is still fighting for gold, trying to beat Spain and improve to a total record of 13-0 in Olympic play (including exhibitions).
With just the gold and bronze medal games remaining to be played, the four countries involved (United States, Spain, Argentina and Russia) are all focused on bringing home some hardware. The Americans and Spanish are guaranteed to win a medal, but nothing else is quite like winning the gold.
With just two games left in competition, every minute counts.
Argentina vs. Russia
Final Score: Argentina 77, Russia 81
Russia unseats another international powerhouse in Argentina after beating Lithuania in the quarterfinals. Now they have won the bronze medal and made the podium in London.
Manu Ginobili, Andres Nocioni and Carlos Delfino led the way for Argentina with 21, 16 and 15 points respectively. However, the team didn't get much from anyone else and ended up losing because of it.
Alexei Shved and Andrei Kirilenko both dropped at least 20 points with Shved leading the team at 25. Vitaliy Fridzon also kicked in 19 off the bench, as these three combined for 64 of the team's 81 points.
Argentina had a chance to win it after being down two points and having Nocioni attempt a three, but he missed and Fridzon hit a layup to seal the deal for Russia.
It's not gold, but the Russians are sure happy to be on the podium.
United States vs. Spain
Final Score: United States 107, Spain 100
In a rematch of their exhibition game and the gold medal game from 2008 Team USA beat Spain for a second straight gold medal.
Spain kept the game close thanks to their big men (Serge Ibaka and Gasol brothers) and backcourt of Juan Carlos Navarro and Rudy Fernandez, who combined for 88 points.
However it wasn't enough.
On the back of Kevin Durant's 30 points the team was elevated to a big victory after leading by just one point heading into the final quarter of play.
LeBron James kicked in another 19 while Kobe Bryant also had 17. These three led the way but 10 of the team's 12 players scored during the course of the game.
Finishing 13-0 (including exhibition games), the 2012 "Dream Team" put its money where its mouth is and brought home another gold medal.
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