Kevin Durant, Luka Doncic Headline FIBA's Men's All-Star Five for 2021 OlympicsAugust 8, 2021
Kevin Durant (United States), Luka Doncic (Slovenia), Ricky Rubio (Spain), Patty Mills (Australia) and Rudy Gobert (France) were named as the All-Star Five of the men's basketball tournament at the 2021 Summer Olympics.
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Presenting the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Tokyo2020?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Tokyo2020</a> Men's All-Star Five:<br><br>⭐ Ricky Rubio 🇪🇸<br>⭐️ Patty Mills 🇦🇺 <br>⭐️ Luka Doncic 🇸🇮 <br>⭐️ Kevin Durant 🇺🇸 <br>⭐️ Rudy Gobert 🇫🇷 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Basketball?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Basketball</a>
Durant spearheaded the United States' run to its fourth consecutive gold medal, scoring 29 points in a narrow 87-82 victory over France in the final. He surpassed Carmelo Anthony for the most points by a men's Team USA player during the event.
"This is one of those special journeys," Durant told reporters. "When you're a part of a team that's evolving by the second, it's amazing to see. Each game we continued to grow. I'm grateful we all committed to it, we stuck with it and we finished it off."
Doncic led Slovenia to its first Olympic Games and then had his country on the brink of a medal before falling short in the semis and bronze-medal game. His 16-point, 18-assist, 10-rebound effort in the semis was the third triple-double in men's Olympic basketball history.
Rubio flashed a scoring prowess almost never seen from him at the NBA level as he tried to single-handedly will Spain to a medal. His 38 points against the United States in the quarterfinals was the most in a single game in Spain's history.
Gobert dominated on both ends inside in helping France to a silver medal, while Patty Mills' scoring brilliance helped secure Australia bronze.