Team USA punched their ticket to the semifinals by defeating Spain 95-81 on Tuesday to move on to the medal round. Kevin Durant continued his historical dominance over the tournament with 29 points.
The USA men’s basketball team has now won three straight games and will face Australia in the semifinals Thursday and a chance to play in the gold medal game on Saturday. A win over the weekend will land the Americans their fourth Olympic gold medal in a row.
Just went off for a top-10 scoring performance in U.S. Men’s Olympic history @KDTrey5!— USA Basketball (@usabasketball) August 3, 2021
KD’s 29 PTS vs 🇪🇸 is good for 9th all-time on the single game leaderboard. KD also holds down a tie for 4th (30 PTS, twice) & 10th (28 PTS).
🇺🇸 #USABMNT x #Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/jA1q5gSFx2
The Americans took over in the second half despite Spain’s Ricky Rubio putting on a masterful 38-point performance. It was the highest point total ever against Team USA in any international event.
Kevin Durant was one of five U.S. players in double figures, with Jayson Tatum (13 points ), Jrue Holiday (12), Damian Lillard (11), and Zach LaVine (10).