US romps to men's basketball gold, beats Serbia 96-66

What If They Awarded Olympic Medals for Finishing in Last?

Team USA takes Rio Olympics medal race with ease

It was also the farewell game for USA coach Mike Krzyzewski, who will be replaced by San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.

"So for me, I'm hanging these things up US basketball-wise".

A U.S. collection of NBA stars won its third consecutive Olympic gold medal as it beat Serbia 96-66 in the men's basketball final at the Rio Olympics on Sunday. One possession of terrific ball movement was worth all the praise because it was such a rarity at this tournament. If you can do something at such a high level for such a long time, that's great. It was a total team effort.

Durant, who has recently switched from Oklahoma City Thunder to National Basketball Association finalist Golden State Warriors, took the game by the scruff of the neck after an untidy first quarter. And really, it's been KD's summer since his decision to leave Oklahoma City in free agency, followed by weeks of back and forth in the media about his friendship with Russell Westbrook (Durant admitted will never be the same again). "Someone said to me (after the game), one of the officials said to me, 'You know next time you play, you ought to play with four.' And I said, 'No, maybe the other teams better get their act together and compete'".

It's also the calm before the storm.

It was a smoother game for Team USA than their previous matchup against Team Serbia during the group stage. Whether he likes it or not (and my best guess is he doesn't), Durant and the Warriors will be the villains in the National Basketball Association next year.

USA's head coach Mike Krzyzewski (Front R) talks with USA's forward Carmelo Anthony (L), USA's guard Kyrie Irving (C) and USA's guard Paul George on the bench in the fourth quarter of a Men's Gold medal basketball match between Serbia and US at the Carioca Arena 1 in Rio de Janeiro on August 21, 2016 during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Anthony also picked up his third gold to go with a bronze, becoming the most decorated male in Olympic basketball history.

Now there's nothing left to do for Anthony, whose Olympic career began in disgrace and ends with him being the most decorated player to ever wear a US jersey.

Their 51-medal margin over second-place China is the largest in a non-boycotted Olympics in almost a century.

Serbia and France both surpassed 90 points against them, and Australia scored 88, as the team with 10 Olympic newcomers took longer than hoped in grasping worldwide offenses.

In women's wrestling, Claressa Maria Shields beat the Netherlands' Nouchka Fontijn for a gold medal in the middle weight 69 to 75-kg final bout. They trailed for just over 11 minutes in the entire Olympics and the biggest deficit was just four points - 6-2 to France. Several players were in tears after Australia finished fourth for the fourth time.

The players were understandably upset at the officiating afterwards. Carmelo Anthony is the only member of the team who has been a member of the last three American teams and leaves Rio as Team USA's all-time leading scorer.

Durant hit a long three to give the US a 28-17 lead and pointed to the sky.

OK, he didn't really say that, but how great would it have been if he had? Anything less than a gold medal would be seen as a failure for a program as storied as Team USA's.

Soak it all in, Boogie. "To be alongside Coach K, he sacrificed so much of his time, his family, coming from the collegiate level, instilling his trust into NBA players and being the face of USA Basketball". This put us on the map as arguable one of the best teams and we had fun doing it.

For assistant coach Williams, whose wife was killed in a auto accident earlier this year, it's a bittersweet, emotional gold medal.

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