Olympics 2012 Basketball Final: LeBron James, Kevin Durant Win Gold For USA Vs. Spain

Kevin Durant scored 30 points on 8-18 shooting and LeBron James finished with 19 points and seven rebounds as Team USA pulled away from Spain in the fourth quarter and won their second consecutive gold medal by a final score of 107-100. The fourth-quarter breakout came after chippy second and third quarters put Spain ahead, but the 2012 London Olympics belonged to Durant, James, and Chris Paul, and this was finally no different.

Juan Carlos Navarro kept Spain in the game early—he finished with 21 points—but it was Pau Gasol's team in the end; he finished with 24 points. Marc Gasol's early foul trouble, though, might have been the difference maker; he was 7-9 with 14 points despite being forced to miss the third quarter with four fouls.

It was a fascinating game in spite of its weirdly insistent officiating, and it ended with Team USA continuing the Redeem-Team momentum that's been in place since they came back from their time in the international wilderness with a gold medal in Beijing 2008. With Mike Krzyzewski retiring as Team USA coach after this Olympics, it was a fitting end to an uplifting era in international basketball.

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