The dynasty continues.
Team U.S.A. had a bit of a slow start in the Olympics, but they rallied for their final match, easily triumphing over Serbia, 96-66.
The win also marks a victory for Carmelo Anthony, who became the first American man to win three straight gold medals in basketball. Anthony was overwhelmed with emotion at the end of the game, telling NBC that this was “the end” for him.
When asked to clarify if this meant his last Olympic game, Anthony stopped short of directly addressing it being his final Games, focusing on thanking his teammates as he teared up.
“America will be great again, I do believe that,” Anthony said through tears, referencing the recent strife in the U.S. “I’m glad I could represent the country here.”
However, coming up in second-place isn’t so bad – Serbia’s silver is its first Olympic medal in men’s basketball since gaining independence in 2006.
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U.S.A. beat Serbia by just three points in the group round after the Serbians missed a game tying three-pointer in the final seconds of the game.
The team had a wobbly run in the group round, eking out victories against Australia, Spain and France. The Americans beat Spain 82-76 to qualify for the final. It was the lowest scoring game for the U.S. men’s Olympic team since the 2004 semifinals, when they lost to Argentina.