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U.S. beats Serbia handily to win third straight gold

POSTED: Aug 21, 2016 6:52 PM ET

By John Schuhmann

BY John Schuhmann

NBA.com

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— The United States Men's National Team won its third straight Olympic gold medal on Sunday, defeating Serbia, 96-66. The victory completed another sweep of the basketball competition by the U.S. Men and Women and gave Mike Krzyzewski a 60-1 record as he retires as the head coach of the National Team.

The U.S. used a 24-7 run spanning the first and second quarters to turn a close game into a blowout. Kevin Durant played the entire first half, was aggressive off the dribble, and had 24 points (18 in the second quarter) on 9-for-14 shooting before the break. He finished with a game-high 30 points, shooting 5-for-11 from 3-point range.

The U.S. scoring was balanced behind Durant, but Paul George's defense on Serbian point guard Milos Teodosic was critical in the game opening up in the second quarter. Serbia shot just 4-for-24 from 3-point range and the U.S. had a big advantage on the offensive glass once again.

The U.S. held Serbia to 15 points or less in each of the first three quarters. It was a 23-point game at the half and the U.S. led by as many as 41 in the fourth. On both ends of the floor, it was the Americans' most complete game of the tournament.

There were some close calls in Rio, but the United States' 10-year winning streak in international tournaments stands at 53 games. The U.S. is also 138-5 in Olympic competition, having won gold in 15 of the 18 tournaments it has entered.

Earlier in the day, Spain won the bronze medal with an 89-88 win over Australia.

John Schuhmann is a staff writer for NBA.com. You can e-mail him here and follow him on Twitter.

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