Team U.S.A. narrowly escaped Spain 107-100 in a nail-biting finals in men's basketball that paired the same two teams who faced off for gold in Beijing four years ago. The Americans were led by Kevin Durant, who scored a game-high 30 points, and Lebron James, who was saddled by foul trouble before taking over in the fourth quarter, scoring five straight points off the bench for a grand total of 19. Spain was led by center Pau Gasol, who scored 24 points. Team U.S.A had defeated its previous seven opponents by an average of 35.6 points.
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