Kevin Durant leads U.S. past France, 87-82, on Friday with 29 points as the Americans secured their fourth straight gold medal.
Dating back to 2012, Durant, who joins Carmelo Anthony as the only U.S. players with three Olympic gold medals, has scored 30, 30 and 29 points in those three gold-medal games. Jayson Tatum was second to Durant with 19 points.
Damian Lillard, who struggled pretty much the entire time in Tokyo, finally found some rhythm late and hit a couple of big buckets to make his line look a little better (4-for-11 for 11 points).
Bam Adebayo and Draymond Green were terrific defensively, including Jrue Holiday. The three steals speak to Holiday’s defensive activity, who finished with 11 points and five rebounds.
Holiday and Khris Middleton are the first teammates to win an NBA championship and a gold medal in the same year since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen in 1992.
“Definitely a great summer,” Holiday said.