|Olympics: US men win basketball gold; beat Spain 107-100|
13 August 2012
London: The US clinched gold in men’s basketball event in the 2012 London Olympics, beating Spain 107-100 at North Greenwich Arena.
The US were still clinging to their one point lead at 83-82 going into the fourth quarter of a physical clash.
Point guard Chris Paul and LeBron James, however, took control of the game at the start of the final quarter to give the US some breathing room and they managed to take the score at 95-86 midway through the fourth that they held on to, Reuters reported.
James scored 19 points as second-high scorer for the US behind Kevin Durant, who scored 30 points, while Kobe Bryant registered 17 points.
Spanish centre Pau Gasol, who scored the first 13 points for Spain at the start of the third quarter to help them take a 71-70 lead, topped the scoring list for Spain with 24 points. Juan-Carlos Navarro scored 21 points.
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