Team USA Defeats Spain 82-76 To Advance To Gold Medal Game

    Aug. 19, 2016

    Team USA and DeMar DeRozan advanced to the gold medal game on Sunday with an 82-76 win over Spain in its semifinal contest at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil today (Aug. 19). Team USA will now face Serbia in the gold medal game on Aug. 21 at 11:45 a.m. on NBC.

    Klay Thompson led the U.S. with 22 points and DeAndre Jordan added nine points, 16 rebounds and four blocks. DeRozan (USC 2009) did not play in the game, the first time in the Olympic competition he did not log any minutes.

    USA led by 15 points at 72-57 with 7:30 remaining in the game, but Spain closed on a 19-10 run to create the final six-point winning margin. USA led 26-17 after the first quarter as they grabbed six offensive rebounds in the quarter, compared to Spain’s one. The second quarter wasn’t as kind for the U.S. as they were outscored 22-19 in the frame to lead by six points, 45-39, at the half. USA stretched its advantage to nine points again at 66-57 by the end of the third quarter.

    USA outrebounded Spain 53-41 and held the Spaniards to 38.1 percent shooting. Team USA didn’t shoot much better, hitting 41.8 percent of its shots.

    USA has now won 24 consecutive Olympic men’s basketball games and will seek its third consecutive gold medal on Sunday.

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