US men, women win Olympic gold


RIO DE JANEIRO >> The U.S. Olympic men's basketball team won its third straight gold medal and did it easily, beating Serbia 96-66 on Sunday.

After a few close calls earlier in the tournament, this was no contest. Kevin Durant scored 30 points and helped the Americans jump out to a huge lead by halftime.

It was the final game with the national team for Mike Krzyzewski, who took the Americans back to the top and leaves with them there after becoming the first coach to win three Olympic gold medals.

Carmelo Anthony also picked up his third gold to go with a bronze, becoming the most decorated male in Olympic basketball history.

Serbia lost only 94-91 to the U.S. during pool play but was barely in the game again after a close first quarter.

United States scoring: Kevin Durant — 30 points, Demarcus Cousins — 13, Klay Thompson — 12, Paul George — 9, Carmelo Anthony — 7, DeMar Derozan — 6, Kyle Lowry — 5, DeAndre Jordan — 4, Kyrie Irving — 4, Harrison Barnes — 2, Jimmy Butler — 2, Draymond Green — 2.

US women 101, Spain 72

The dominant U.S. women's basketball team won a sixth consecutive Olympic gold medal in impressive fashion, routing Spain 101-72 on Saturday.

Diana Taurasi and the Americans played nearly flawless basketball in Rio, and were never challenged. They have won 49 consecutive games in the Olympics with only one of those decided by single digits.

With that kind of sustained success, no one wants to say this is the best women's basketball team ever assembled. They won by nearly 40 points a game, but fell short of the record 102.4 points the 1996 team averaged. But if they aren't the best, they're close.

The U.S., which beat Spain by 40 in a preliminary round game, got off to a slow start and only led 21-17 after the first quarter. Then the Americans got going with a 16-3 run in the second that blew the game open and the rout and celebration was on.

Team USA players: Seimone Augustus, Sue Bird, Tamika Catchings, Tina Charles, Elena Delle Donne, Sylvia Fowles, Brittney Griner, Angel McCoughtry, Maya Moore, Breanna Stewart, Diana Taurasi, Lindsay Whalen.

Medal Standings

1. United States — 121 (46 gold, 37 silver, 38 bronze)

2. China — 70 (26 gold, 18 silver, 26 bronze)

3. Great Britain — 67 (27 gold, 23 silver, 17 bronze)

4. Russia — 56 (19 gold, 18 silver, 19 bronze)

5. Germany — 42 (17 gold, 10 silver, 15 bronze)

5. France — 42 (10 gold, 18 silver, 14 bronze)

7. Japan — 41 (12 gold, 8 silver, 21 bronze)

8. Australia — 29 (8 gold, 11 silver, 10 bronze)

9. Italy — 28 (8 gold, 12 silver, 8 bronze)

10. Canada — 22 (4 gold, 3 silver, 15 bronze)


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