Redemption! – USA Basketball wins Gold

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.

Kam Pashai is a co-founder and creative director for LakerNation.com.
  • 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 “