Kevin Durant lead the United States males’s basketball team to its fourth straight Olympic gold medal in Tokyo on Saturday, defeating France 87-82.
The win shall be the third in a row for Durant, who became the ideal scoring American player in Olympic history during these Summer Games.
Team USA has now gained a total of 16 Olympic gold medals.
The U.S. managed to collect its revenge on France, who gained their first face-off at the open of the Games 83-76.
The French led early in the final however the U.S. fleet surpassed them thanks to a surge from Durant, who scored 29 points overall and 6 rebounds. The U.S. used to be leading by double digits in the third quarter, adequate to maintain off a French offensive in the fourth.
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Jayson Tatum clocked 19 points and 7 rebounds, the 2nd highest point earner on the U.S. side.
Rudy Gobert’s 16 points and eight rebounds and Evan Fournier’s 16 made them the top scorers for France, which gained the silver medal for the third time and continued its gold medal drought.
France’s final two silver medals had been also earned in video games gained by the U.S., in 1948 and 2000.
The championship attracted the greatest crowd but to the arena north of Tokyo in these Games, with the bottom bowl of seats about half of paunchy of athletes, officers, media and volunteers in space of followers due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Slovenia will play Australia in the bronze medal match later in the day.
The U.S. ladies folk’s basketball team is determined to play for the gold as neatly this weekend, facing Japan on Sunday.
–With files from Reuters
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