RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The U.S. men’s basketball team has advanced to its third straight Olympic gold-medal game, beating Spain 82-76 on Friday.
Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson scored 22 points for the Americans, who will play Australia or Serbia on Sunday for their third consecutive Olympic title.READ MORE: Trailblazer Flew Through Glass Ceilings As First Female African American Pilot To Fly U-2 Aircraft
The U.S. was just good enough again against Spain, winning a much different game than the all-offense matchups that decided the last two gold-medal games. This one featured several technical four and neither team got into an offensive flow. It was the lowest-scoring game for the Americans in the Olympics since the 2004 semifinals, when they managed 81 in a loss to Argentina.READ MORE: Pressure Behind The Wheel: Sacramento Mover Drove Historic Victorian Mansion Through San Francisco
Kevin Durant added 14 points and Kyrie Irving had 13 for the U.S.
Pau Gasol scored 23 points for Spain, which made it tough on the Americans for the third straight Olympics, but again had to settle for coming close against the world’s No. 1 team.MORE NEWS: Early COVID Patient Remembers Military Quarantine After Cruise Ship Outbreak
Sacramento Kings star Demarcus Cousins fouled out late in the third quarter.