Team USA defeated Spain in the Olympic Gold Medal Game on Sunday by the score of 118-107. With the victory, the U.S. completed an 8-0 sweep of its competition in Beijing and more importantly accomplished the "Redeem Team" mission of bringing gold back home to the United States.
Following a slow start, the United States quickly regrouped and rolled past Australia by the score of 116-85 in Olympic quarterfinal action Wednesday night in Beijing. Team USA improves to 6-0 with the win and more importantly advances to Friday's semifinal round.
Team USA concluded its perfect run through Preliminary Play with its most dominating Olympic performance to date, throttling Germany by the score of 106-57 Monday night in Beijing. With the victory, the U.S. wrapped up prelims with a perfect 5-0 mark in Group B and has the top record entering the single-elimination medal round.
Dwight Howard led all scorers with 22 points and 10 rebounds while LeBron James added 18. Dirk Nowitzki led Germany with 14 points in 23 minutes.
Team USA improved to 4-0 in Olympic Preliminary Play, blowing past reigning FIBA World Champion Spain by the score of 119-82 Saturday night in Beijing. With the win, the United States has clinched the No. 1 seed for Group B when the medal round begins next week.
The U.S. men's basketball team improved to 2-0 in Olympic Preliminary Play in Group B with a 97-76 victory over Angola on Tuesday night in Beijing. Former Illini Deron Williams played a team-high 22 minutes for Team USA in the win, totaling seven points, four assists and two steals.
Dwyane Wade led the U.S. with 19 points while Dwight Howard added 14. The U.S. shot 56 percent for the game and played aggressive defense, forcing Angola into 25 turnovers which led to easy baskets.
LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and company put on a dunk contest Sunday night against China, playing up to the basketball-crazed Chinese fans that packed the arena.
While the U.S. squad struggled shooting jump shots, the Americans soared for an array of reverse slams and tomahawk jams drawing oohs and ahhs from the fans as they cruised to a 101-70 victory.
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