May 29, 2022

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Basketball | The Americans won their fourth consecutive Olympic title

Basketball |  The Americans won their fourth consecutive Olympic title

(Saitama) It’s not an easy summer for the U.S. men’s basketball team. Gold medal game included.

Tim Reynolds
Associated Press

Olympic rule continues despite everything.

Kevin Durant scored 29 points, beating France 87-82 at the Tokyo Games on Saturday to win the fourth consecutive gold for the United States.

With only 8.8 seconds left in the game, Durant secured his team victory with two free throws.

Durant became the second player to win three gold medals in men’s Olympic basketball history after Carmelo Anthony.

“I am just happy [l’entraîneur-chef] Greg Popovich, for players and for the country, said Jerry Kolangelo, national director of basketball USA. This is a good way to end it. ”

Jason Tatum added 19 points, while Damien Lillard and Zoo Holiday both scored 11 runs for the Americans.

“I believe there is more happiness than relief, but there will definitely be relief. Expectations are high,” Lillard said.

Evan Fournier and Rudy Gobert scored 16 points for France, who now have four silver medals – all after losing to the United States in the final – in discipline.

Guerchan Yabusele contributed 13 points, Nando de Kolo 12 points and Timothy Louau-Cabarrot 11 points to end the match with France.

“They played well,” Fournier noted.

Frank Antilles threw three points to give France a 73-70 lead of 5:42. The Americans responded with a 9-2 streak that ended with a three-point shot from Tatum.

From that time on, the United States had to complete that task. Their summer pre-season games began with two defeats and their tournament began with a setback at the hands of France.

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The U.S. men’s team won 16 gold medalsE Attempts made 19 times at the Olympics.

For Hilde and Chris Middleton, two teammates at Milwaukee Bucks, this is the entry into the highly selected group. Before them, only Scotty Pippen (twice), Michael Jordan, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving won the NBA title and Olympic gold medal that same year.

“It was definitely a great summer,” Holiday said.

For Popovich, it completes the Olympic journey that began almost 50 years ago. As a player, he tried to earn a place with the United States for the 1972 Olympics, but was unsuccessful.

“Being at the Olympics has always been a dream for me,” Popovich explained.

In the evening, Australia won bronze with a 107-93 victory over Slovenia.

Patty Mills scored 42 points for Australia, the first Olympic medalist in men’s basketball.

Slovenia participated in the Olympic tournament for the first time.