Olympic Basketball 2012 Scores: Medal Round Results, Stats & More
The men's basketball tournament final would see the United States defeat Spain to earn the London Games gold medal after a valiant performance by both teams.
The game could have gone either way for much of the contest, but the U.S. took the gold by a score of 107-100 against the Spaniards.
The final started off looking like a three-point shootout competition, with nine converted between the two teams at the end of the first quarter alone.
Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony would combine for three of Team USA's first seven three-pointers, trying their best to outdo Juan Carlos Navarro of Spain early on.
Navarro posted 14 points in his first eight minutes on the court, scoring 12 of his team's first 16 points in the contest. Nine of those points coming coming off successful three-point shots.
The second quarter would see a bit less points on the scoreboard thanks to 22 fouls called in the 10 minutes of play and Team USA would lead at half by a score of 59-58.
The second half would continue to have a boxing match type feel to it, with each team trading bucket for bucket in this tightly contested bout. Kevin Durant would come up huge for his team throughout the contest but especially in the first three quarters. He had 27 points in the game already by the start of the fourth.
KD along with Bryant and LeBron James would be the big-three scorers for Team USA in this final, with the latter of the two playing important roles in the fourth quarter where the Americans would outscore the Spanish by six and ultimately secure the gold medal.
NBC's Craig Sager interviewed Bryant after the game on live television where, the Lakers star explained: "it's been a long journey for us, but the game was fun, it was a challenge and we stepped up to it."
In one of the most tightly-contested games of the entire London tournament, Russia was able to hold off Argentina and earn the bronze medal in the men's basketball tournament.
Both teams were tied with just 56 seconds left in the contest before Russia's Vitaly Fridzon drained both his free throws to give his team the lead. Russia never looked back and won by a final score of 81-77.
Fridzon posted 19 points in the game with teammates Alexey Shved and Andrei Kirilenko adding 25 and 20 points respectively to their team's efforts.
Argentina held on into the final minute of this game though, with Manu Ginobili, Carlos Delfino and Andres Nocioni leading the scoring effort for their nation.
Nocioni and Delfino made up for the lack of production from Luis Scola, with 31 points between the two players while Ginobili once again scored the most for Argentina with 21 on the day.
Argentina was able to make the most of good looks beyond the arc with 13 three-pointers in the contest, but its defense lost the battle inside to Russia who recorded 32 points in the paint.
Perhaps the most telling stat in the contest, however, was the free throw attempts and percentages for each team. The Russians were able to convert 16 of their 20 attempts from the line while Argentina made 10 of just 13 opportunities to score uncontested points.
The two squads were neck and neck throughout the contest, with both posting 20 points in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately for Argentina, the combined four-point differential heading into that quarter proved to be just enough of a lead for Russia to defend en route to the bronze medal.
The London Games marks the first time the Russia men's national basketball team has won an Olympic medal in the sport since the fall of the Soviet Union. This also marks the first Olympics Argentina has failed to take home a basketball medal since the 2000 Sydney Games.
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