Team USA defeated Spain 118-107 to earn the gold medal in a game that was much closer than most people expected. Dwyane Wade had 27 points to lead the Americans but it was Kobe Bryant who closed out the game for the Americans. The Lakers star hit several clutch baskets for the U.S. down the stretch proving to everyone why he is the best player in the world.
One of the biggest questions coming into this tournament was what would happen if the U.S. basketball team found itself in a close game? The Americans answered the question by racing up the floor and scoring almost at will, shooting 60 percent from the field. After playing solid defense throughout the past two weeks, it was interesting to see the Americans change their strategy and simply try to outscore the Spaniards.
Spain deserves a lot of credit for hanging tough throughout the game. With just over eight minutes left, Spain actually cut the Americans' lead down to two, led by Rudy Fernandez and Pau Gasol who combined for 43 points.
The game looked and sounded just like an NCAA Tournament game when an underdog team is going for an upset. In the end, it was Bryant and Wade who refused to let the U.S. squad leave Beijing without the gold.
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