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USA win 4th Olympic basketball gold on the trot

2021-08-07 HKT 13:16
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  • United States' Kevin Durant is the leading scorer in US men’s history in this tournament. Photo: AP
    United States' Kevin Durant is the leading scorer in US men’s history in this tournament. Photo: AP
The US on Saturday won its fourth straight Olympic men’s basketball gold medal, holding off France 87-82.

Kevin Durant scored 29 points for the Americans and joined Carmelo Anthony as the only three-time gold medalists in men’s basketball.

Durant already became the leading scorer in US men’s history in this tournament. He scored 30 points in the gold-medal games in 2012 and 2016, and nearly got there again this time.

France defeated the US in the teams’ opening game in this tournament, snapping the Americans’ 25-game winning streak in the Olympics.

The French almost beat them again on Saturday while attempting to win their first gold in men’s basketball. They had to settle for a third silver, having also finished second to the US in 1948 and 2000.

Slovenia and Australia will play later on Saturday for the bronze medal. (AP)