Olympic Basketball 2012: The 10 Best Performances of the Elimination Games

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Olympic Basketball 2012: The 10 Best Performances of the Elimination Games
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They probably couldn't have beaten the '92 Dream Team, but the 2012 team was golden.

Team USA men's basketball completed another unbeaten run to gold in the 2012 London Olympics. They survived a tough test against Spain and emerged victorious, fulfilling all hopes and expectations.

While Team USA 2012 didn't demonstrate that they could've beaten the 1992 Dream Team that dominated on its way to gold in Barcelona, they did capture gold and looked pretty darn good in the process.

But coach Mike Krzyzewski's guys weren't the only basketball players that shined in London. With each season, the NBA becomes more international in its makeup as the sport of basketball continues to grow around the globe.

As noted by USA Today:

When the 1992 Dream Team cruised to a gold medal in Barcelona, just 17 players in the field were on NBA rosters...Twenty years later, 39 NBA players and 18 former NBA players were on Olympic rosters. The game has changed, and it was evident Sunday when Spain, which has just five current NBA players, almost generated a huge upset.

There were some blowouts and some surprises in pool play, but the final elimination games were what really counted.

Here is a ranking of the 10 best individual performances from the 2012 Olympics' men's basketball elimination games.

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