ESPN: Order is restored in international basketball. The United States is back on top, but not by that much anymore.

Culminating a three-year mission to end years of embarrassment, the U.S. Olympic team survived a huge challenge from Spain, winning 118-107 Sunday in the gold-medal game.

After overwhelming everyone for seven games, the Americans led by only four points with under 2½ minutes to play. Then the U.S. proved it could handle a close game that seemed would never come in Beijing.

Their prize: the first U.S. gold medal since the 2000 Olympics.

Argentina won the bronze with an 87-75 victory against Lithuania.

Dwyane Wade scored 27 points for the Americans, who found a much gamer Spanish team than the one it humiliated by 37 points earlier in the tournament. Kobe Bryant added 20 points.

In a game so void of defense that it felt more like an NBA All-Star game than one with a title at stake, the Americans had too much offense down the stretch. Bryant converted a clutch four-point play with 3:10 remaining, holding his finger to his lips to quiet the rowdy Spanish crowd behind the basket.

Wade added another 3-pointer that made it 111-104 with just over 2 minutes left, and only then could the Americans relax a little.

They began to celebrate during a break after some technical fouls on Spain with 26 seconds left, then celebrated at midcourt when it was over with “Born in the USA” blaring over the arena’s speakers.

  • Geloman

    Woohoo USA #1. Congratulations Kobe on your gold medal! You are the man!

    Now get your A..S in the surgery room and fix that pinky already! You won a gold for USA now how about winning a trophy for LA?!

  • iLakers

    Kobe with the clutch play…that was too sick…

  • maccassedy

    R DA BEST CONGRATS TO ALL DAT WON A GOLD

  • http://myspace.com/sonicussj Whatsa

    HOLLAH.

  • True Lakers Fan

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  • DCLAKER

    KOBE ‘IS’ THE BEST PLAYER ON THE PLANET,PERIOD…WHAT A GAME!!

    I hope Paul Pierce was watching.

  • lakerbaked

    Redemption for USA and for Kobe who proved he’s top dog in hoops (although LeBron comes in a very close #2 ; ) They played great — D-Will was a stud, Howard was a monster. Really enjoyed the whole team. Congrats to Coach K for bringing the whole team together http://www.redeemteamwork.com LOL

  • JC

    CONGRATS TEAM USA!! – GOOD JOB.

  • StarryAri

    I cried. How embarrassing..

  • k0b3f0rmvp

    i missed the game! but lookin at these comments it mustve been amazing! as long as we won! YEAYEA!!!

  • http://lakersfansonly.92324@yahoo.com lakersfansonly.92324@yahoo.com

    That’s right! Go team USA! I seen the game live {on tv} good a$$ game. The Spanish team did real good. Homeboy that was 17 yrs old was tremendouse. So did the other’s, compare 2 the 1st game.
    GO TEAM USA MENS BASKETBALL!

  • umi

    kobe still was stand out at the moment needs him,he is the god of the basketball.

  • http://www.magicalspain.com Richard Harris

    Hi to all from Spain and glad to see the Lakers doing well.
    Regarding the Dream Team game vs Spain, I was there and it was like an NBA game –most of Spain’s team are in are on the way to the NBA.

    **** BUT the officials were terrible….Why?…Because they did NOT call the NBA guys on steps/travelling/walking almost ever. That was the origin of the T fouls on Spain.

    best
    Richard Harris
    http://www.magicalspain.com “Spain Luxury Travel & Tours since 1998 “