Team U.S.A. Triumphs Over France in Olympic Basketball Final
SAITAMA, Japan – It wasn’t always pretty, but in the end the United States men’s basketball team hit the heights it was meant to be. Overcoming a slow start to the Olympic tournament, the Americans sent France, 87-82, with relative comfort in the final game on Saturday morning at Saitama Super Arena to win their 16th gold in the event.
In front of a large crowd – not fans, but national team staff, Olympic volunteers and journalists – the United States seemed much more consistent and confident than when they lost to France in the game. opening of the competition.
This competition had exposed some of their early problems as a team, namely a lack of familiarity as a group. But they didn’t have any of those problems on Saturday morning.
Kevin Durant, once again, was the focal point and the main driver of the team, scoring 29 points to go with six rebounds. Jayson Tatum himself put in a strong performance, finishing with 19 points.
The Americans built an 8-point lead heading into the last quarter and held off a number of points from the French to close the game. France reduced the lead to 85-82 with 10.2 seconds left, giving them a glimmer of hope. But Kevin Durant sank two free throws to effectively seal the result.
Rudy Gobert finished with 16 points and eight rebounds for France before committing a foul in the final seconds of the game.
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