And the NBA stars made it but not without a good fight as the Spaniards challenged them on all fronts and held on till the end. The outcome of the game, as I said in a previous post, was never predictable until the Americans finally separated themselves from the Spanish team with a 107-100 victory.
Team USA’s gold-medal rematch with Spain proved nearly as difficult as their battle in Beijing four years ago. It was such a hotly contested game with the Spanish team threatening to pull away as they lead in scoring on several instances. When Pau Gasol threw down a dunk early in the third quarter, the Americans trailed by a point.
It was not until Lebron James sunk in a 3-pointer in the dying seconds of the last quarter that the outcome of the game had become predictable. Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony and the rest of Team USA provided strong supporting roles. But Lebron James stroke a bit of luck as he might have equaled Michael Jordan’s feat in terms of being the NBA regular-season MVP, NBA Finals MVP, NBA title and Olympic title all in the same year.
Again, I say that since the 1992 Barcelona Olympics when the US was allowed to play with its NBA stars, Olympics basketball was never the same again.