Carmelo Anthony wins third gold medal, says he's finished with Team USA

Aug 27, 2016, 07:10
Carmelo Anthony wins third gold medal, says he's finished with Team USA

We didn't move the ball well, and had no reaction as we did.

The Americans had a rocky start to the game in the first quarter when Serbia mucked up the proceedings by fouling the U.S.in transition and keeping the US from developing an offensive rhythm.

The US used a 24-7 run spanning the first and second quarters to turn a close game into a blowout.

There was little he could do to stem the tide. "We did a great job of being mindful of all that, bottling all of that up and really unleashing it against Serbia". "When you have 12 superstars against you, you can not wait for them to attack".

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The U.S. men have always been an unstoppable force, taking gold in 15 of the 18 Olympics in which they have participated. "You can not stop these players like that".

Anthony and Durant were the only players to return from 2012.

The Americans extended their lead in the third quarter and were up by as many as 41 in the fourth.

In a rematch of their August 12 pool play game in which they won by just three points, Team USA wasted little time pulling away in this one.

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The gold medal is a fitting farewell for head coach Mike Krzyzewski because Rio would be the last time he takes the helm for the USA Team.

Coach Krzyzewski retires as the first men's basketball coach to have the honor of winning three Olympic gold medals. "It was definitely different for me, but to come here in an environment where people accepted me and didn't care about anything except being my buddy, that's what I needed". "This is it for me".

An 8-0 march to gold was capped by a resounding 96-66 romp against Serbia on August 21, completing the US basketball program's mission in the 2016 Rio Olympics. We only beat these guys by three last time.

Countries like Serbia who made it to the finals brought the best out of the Americans, but in the end, it's still America's sport, even without top tier players. The perfunctory blowouts of those days are no longer the norm.

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DeAndre Jordan made it 3-2 but missed tying the match from the free-throw line, underlining that the National Basketball Association stars were not in the game yet, with Serbia making life hard for them. The difference was a tightened defense that limited all three knockout-stage opponents to under 40% shooting from the floor.

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