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

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

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

United States' DeAndre Jordan dunks against Serbia during the men's gold medal basketball game in Rio on Sunday.

Rio de Janeiro (AFP) - Completing a third consecutive unbeaten run to Olympic gold, the United States captured a sixth Games title with National Basketball Association talent in seven tries by routing Serbia 96-66 in Sunday's final.

The United States looked sluggish in the first quarter and seemed plagued by the same issues that dogged the gold medalfavorites earlier in the tournament. A Kevin Durant three-pointer put Team USA up 19-15 to end the first quarter.

However, it was a different story in Sunday's final as 30 points from Kevin Durant helped secure the most emphatic of American victories in Mike Krzyzewski's final game as head coach.

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

Serbia lost only 94-91 to the USA during pool play but was barely in Sunday's game after a close first quarter.

Durant scored also scored 30 points at the 2012 Olympics when the United States beat Spain for the gold medal in London.

It is the third gold medal in a row for the U.S. after they topped the podium in Beijing (2008) and London (2012), when they got the better of Spain on both of those occasions.

Anthony checked back into the rout in the final minutes so he could grab a seventh rebound, passing David Robinson for US record with the 125th in his Olympic career.

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The Americans haven't lost since, winning 25 straight in the Olympics.

A few of the victories were more hard than usual in this tournament, where half the Americans' eight games were decided by 10 points or fewer. Team USA took a 13-point lead as Durant began to heat up. He is already the Americans' No. 2 career scorer in the Olympics in just two appearances.

Serbia was on a run of impressive performances in their own right.

Durant drilled 5-of-11 from the three-point arc, pulled down three rebounds, dished four assists and added three steals to cement himself as the alpha dog of the national team.

A challenging year for the Americans started long before they boarded the cruise ship they stayed on while in Rio.

With the win, Carmelo Anthony won his third Olympic title, setting the record for most Olympic gold medals won by a single player.

In a rematch of their August 12 pool play game in which they won by just three points, Team USA wasted little time pulling away in this one. Durant show the world why he's one of the best players in the game.

"It's not about one person, one coach - it's about, 'How can we make this the best basketball team ever?'"

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