LONDON -- Coach Mike Krzyzewski and the U.S. basketball team has done it again, beating Spain, 107-100, in the gold-medal men's basketball final Sunday.
Spain put up a great fight and the U.S. only led by one, 83-82, entering the fourth quarter. But LeBron James had a big fourth quarter and the U.S. clamped down on defense.
The game was a rematch of the 2008 gold-medal game, also close and also won by the U.S.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski, 65, has said he will stop coaching the U.S. team after this gold medal -- he engaged in some fierce hugs with his top players as the game ended. He of course will continue to coach Duke. The U.S. was an amazing 62-1 under Krzyzewski since he accepted the U.S. job in 2005.
Coach K reiterated after the game that he was finished with coaching the U.S. team. But Jerry Colangelo, who runs USA Basketball, sounded like he would try to talk Coach K out of that decision -- at least in a gentle way.
"He’s stated he’s done," Colangelo said. "And I accept that if that’s final. If it’s not, we’ll have another pizza and a glass of wine and see what happens."
The U.S. was led by Kevin Durant with 30 points. James had 19, Kobe Bryant 17 and Chris Paul 11. Pau Gasol had 24 for Spain. LeBron doused Coach K with water as the game ended.
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