U.S. basketball wins gold, defeats Spain

The U.S. men's basketball team defended its title by fighting off another huge challenge from Spain with a 107-100 victory on Aug. 12, and its second straight Olympic championship.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Gold medallists Tyson Chandler #4 of the United States and Kevin Durant #5 of the United States celebrate on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men's Basketball on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Gold medallists Tyson Chandler #4 of the United States and Kevin Durant #5 of the United States celebrate on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men's Basketball on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Gold medallists the United States pose on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men's Basketball on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 16 - Basketball
Gold medallists the United States pose on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men's Basketball on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Team mates Chris Paul #13 of the United States, James Harden #12 of the United States, Anthony Davis #14 of the United States, and Russell Westbrook #7 of the United States celebrate winning the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. The United States won the match 107-100. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 16 - Basketball
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Team mates Chris Paul #13 of the United States, James Harden #12 of the United States, Anthony Davis #14 of the United States, and Russell Westbrook #7 of the United States celebrate winning the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. The United States won the match 107-100. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Kobe Bryant #10 of the United States and team mate Tyson Chandler #4 of the United States celebrate winning the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. The United States won the match 107-100. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 16 - Basketball
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Kobe Bryant #10 of the United States and team mate Tyson Chandler #4 of the United States celebrate winning the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. The United States won the match 107-100. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: The United States players celebrate winning the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 16 - Basketball
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: The United States players celebrate winning the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Kevin Durant #5 of the United States and team mate LeBron James #6 of the United States celebrate in the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 16 - Basketball
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Kevin Durant #5 of the United States and team mate LeBron James #6 of the United States celebrate in the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Kobe Bryant #10 of the United States defends against Jose Calderon #8 of Spain during the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 16 - Basketball
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Kobe Bryant #10 of the United States defends against Jose Calderon #8 of Spain during the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Marc Gasol #13 of Spain drives past Kevin Durant #5 of the United States to score during the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 16 - Basketball
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Marc Gasol #13 of Spain drives past Kevin Durant #5 of the United States to score during the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Andre Iguodala #9 of the United States fouls Rudy Fernandez #5 of Spain during the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 16 - Basketball
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Andre Iguodala #9 of the United States fouls Rudy Fernandez #5 of Spain during the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Marc Gasol #13 of Spain and Pau Gasol #4 of Spain communicate to their team mates during the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 16 - Basketball
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Marc Gasol #13 of Spain and Pau Gasol #4 of Spain communicate to their team mates during the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: LeBron James #6 of the United States looks on during the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 16 - Basketball
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: LeBron James #6 of the United States looks on during the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Tyson Chandler #4 of the United States reacts after clashing with Sergio Rodriguez #6 of Spain during the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 16 - Basketball
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Tyson Chandler #4 of the United States reacts after clashing with Sergio Rodriguez #6 of Spain during the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Sergio Llull #12 of Spain celebrates making a basket during the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 16 - Basketball
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Sergio Llull #12 of Spain celebrates making a basket during the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: The referee calls an unsportsmanlike foul against the United States coach Michael Kryzewski during the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 16 - Basketball
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: The referee calls an unsportsmanlike foul against the United States coach Michael Kryzewski during the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Prince Albert II of Monaco during the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 16 - Basketball
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Prince Albert II of Monaco during the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Pau Gasol #4 of Spain hussles for the ball against LeBron James #6 of the United States during the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 16 - Basketball
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Pau Gasol #4 of Spain hussles for the ball against LeBron James #6 of the United States during the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Deron Williams #8 of the United States yells to his team mates during the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 16 - Basketball
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Deron Williams #8 of the United States yells to his team mates during the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Kobe Bryant #10 of the United States dribbles the ball up court during the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 16 - Basketball
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Kobe Bryant #10 of the United States dribbles the ball up court during the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Pau Gasol #4 of Spain slam dunks during the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 16 - Basketball
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Pau Gasol #4 of Spain slam dunks during the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Kobe Bryant #10 of the United States takes the ball up against Rudy Fernandez #5 of Spain during the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 16 - Basketball
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Kobe Bryant #10 of the United States takes the ball up against Rudy Fernandez #5 of Spain during the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: (L-R) Patrick Schwarzenegger, Arnold Schwarzenegger and London Mayor Boris Johnson during the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 16 - Basketball
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: (L-R) Patrick Schwarzenegger, Arnold Schwarzenegger and London Mayor Boris Johnson during the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Chris Paul #13 of the United States takes the ball to the basket during the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 16 - Basketball
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Chris Paul #13 of the United States takes the ball to the basket during the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Kevin Love #11 of the United States holds his face after he was injured during the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 16 - Basketball
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Kevin Love #11 of the United States holds his face after he was injured during the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Sergio Rodriguez #6 of Spain gets past Carmelo Anthony #15 of the United States to score during the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 16 - Basketball
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Sergio Rodriguez #6 of Spain gets past Carmelo Anthony #15 of the United States to score during the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Kevin Durant #5 of the United States celebrates making a three point shot during the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 16 - Basketball
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Kevin Durant #5 of the United States celebrates making a three point shot during the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Deron Williams #8 of the United States dunks over Serge Ibaka #14 of Spain during the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 16 - Basketball
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Deron Williams #8 of the United States dunks over Serge Ibaka #14 of Spain during the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: LeBron James #6 of the United States dribbles the ball during the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 16 - Basketball
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: LeBron James #6 of the United States dribbles the ball during the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Pau Gasol #4 of Spain lies on the court after he was struck in the face during the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 16 - Basketball
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Pau Gasol #4 of Spain lies on the court after he was struck in the face during the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Kevin Durant #5 of the United States celebrates a shot during the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 16 - Basketball
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Kevin Durant #5 of the United States celebrates a shot during the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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