*If you haven’t heard, it should come as no surprise that the US beat Spain … again in men’s basketball to win the gold medal in London.
Kevin Durant put in 30 points, LeBron James scored 19 as the U.S. men’s basketball team defended its Olympic title, holding off the determined Spanish team 107-100 on Sunday for the gold medal — just as the Americans did in 2008.
Kobe Bryant added 17 for the US, which only led by one point after three quarters and was ahead just 97-91 when James drove the lane for a thunderous dunk and followed a miss by Spain with a 3-pointer.
In the final minute, U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski, in his final international game, took out his top stars who came to London with the goal of keeping American basketball on top. When the final horn sounded, Krzyzewski locked James in a tight embrace as Bruce Springsteen’s “Born In The USA” rocked the arena.
Pau Gasol scored 24 and Juan-Carlos Navarro had 21 for Spain, which had to settle for silver in the second straight Olympics.