The United States is a fifteen-time Olympic champion in men’s basketball. Only four times the gold was not taken by the United States.

Spain started strong, had a long presence, but were 43-43 against the “Dream Team” at halftime. In the third quarter, the United States pulled out of Spain. The victory was 95-81 without any problem. For the Spaniards, this is the first men’s basketball Olympic Games since 2004 to win a medal: silver in 2008 and 2012 and bronze in 2016.

The United States enjoyed moderate production for games. As the play-offs in their country ended late, many star players wanted to rest. Some are missing due to a corona infection, some came to Tokyo the last time. Earlier in these matches, the American basketball players had already lost against France (76-83). This is the sixth loss for the Americans in many years at the event.

Ricky Rubio on behalf of Spain in action against the United States. © AP

Slovenia had previously beaten Germany 94-70 to advance to the semi-finals. France beat Italy 84-75. Today is the last quarter of the Olympic basketball tournament: Australia-Argentina. The winner of this match will face the United States in the semi-finals.

The last time the United States won gold was in 2004. Then the title went to Argentina and the United States took the “only” bronze.

Kevin Durant (jersey no.7) with teammates Tremond Green (14) and Devin Booker (15) in the game against Spain © AP

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