Serbia was not expected to be in the Gold Medal game against the United States and after a high energy start that saw the underdogs go up 15-7 early in the first quarter, the game became a shooting and rebounding display by the USA and turned into a blowout early in the second quarter.
BLOWOUT in Spain. USA leads Serbia 67-41 at the half. Irving 4-4 3FG for 18 pts, Harden 3-4 3FG for 17 pts – USA is 11-16 from 3FG – no D
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It quickly became obvious Serbia was just happy to be here once the game turned. They had already “won” this tournament by going home with the Silver. USA cruised to a 129-92 victory and never trailed after DeMarcus Cousins tied the game at 15-all on a pair of made free throws with 4:51 left in the first quarter.
Kyrie Irving shot 6-6 from three-point range and led all scorers with 26 points. He was named the tournament MVP. Team USA captain James Harden scored 23 points and Cousins helped swing the momentum in his team’s favor after Anthony Davis picked up two quick fouls. Cousins finished with 11 points and 9 boards.
“DeMarcus Cousins had about five plays right in the middle of the first half that really turned positive – 8 points, 10 points – for us and then our whole team gelled,” USA Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski said during the post game press conference.
“This is by far the biggest accomplishment of my life so far,” Irving said. “This feels amazing. This is one of the greatest feelings that I’ve ever felt.”
22-year-old forward Nikola Kalinic led Serbia with 18 points on 8-9 shooting from the field.
The well-deserving tournament All-Star Five were Kenneth Faried, Pau Gasol, Nicolas Batum, Kyrie Irving and Milos Teodosic.
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USA – Serbia post game press conference