It wasn’t the smoothest of rides for the U.S. men’s basketball team, but in the end they will exit these Olympics with a fourth consecutive gold medal.
After falling to France in group play – a rare Olympic setback for the Americans after a rough exhibition run – Team USA got revenge when it mattered most, winning the gold medal game 87-82.
“We went through some real adversity. We just fought though everything,” said Kevin Durant, who scored a game-high 29 points to cap another brilliant Olympics. “It meant a lot. France is a good team, they don’t quit. They’re a big team. They presented a big challenge. But we wanted them again. We wanted to play them again.”
Milwaukee Bucks teammates Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton, meanwhile, joined a short list of players who have won the gold medal the same year they won the NBA title.
Here are some of the other notable moments you missed Saturday in Tokyo while you were sleeping:
U.S. women’s water polo team wins gold again
The U.S. women’s water polo team submitted a dominant performance against Spain, winning 14-5 to secure the Americans’ third consecutive Olympic gold medal.
Team USA has medaled at all six Olympics women’s water polo has been on the program for, their three consecutive golds following silver finishes at the 2000 Sydney and 2008 Beijing Games and a bronze secured in Athens in 2004.