Olympics: Team USA Wins Gold

August 25th, 2008

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.

Spain got off to a good start, taking a 22-17 lead after just six minutes. While Team USA looked to be pulling away into the second quarter, the Spanish remained in the game deep into the fourth. Spain began the 4th period with a 7-0 run, cutting the lead to just two points. But Kobe Bryant answered with 2 of his 13 4th quarter points to get the Americans back on track. With USA leading by just 4 with 7:30 left, Deron Williams hit a big three to extend the lead to 7 points. Spain made another late push, but with Team USA leading 108-104 with 2:37 left, Dwyane Wade hit another clutch three that sealed the victory. 

Wade led all scorers with 27 points, including 4 of 7 from downtown. Overall, Team USA hit an impressive 13 of 28 threes.  Rudy Fernandez (recently acquired by the Portland Trailblazers) led Spain with 22 points, despite being limited to 17 minutes due to foul trouble.