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Serbia captures bronze in women's hoops, beats France 70-63

Felix Bryan | 21 August, 2016, 03:23

While Spain (6-2) relished in the opportunity to compete for the country's first-ever gold medal - something they frankly had no business doing - the United States searched for and later found its sixth straight Olympic gold medal, defeating Spain 101-72.

"When the stakes are the highest is when we all play the best and there won't be any higher than on Sunday", guard Klay Thompson said.

Klay Thompson scored 22 points and Durant added 14 for the United States team while Kyrie Irving contributed 13 and DeAndre Jordan scored nine points, grabbed 16 rebounds and blocked four shots as well as disrupting numerous others.

"It's pretty incredible", Taurasi said. Now, after their 87-61 blowout of the Aussies on Friday, they'll get another shot at Team USA in the gold medal game on Sunday.

In their what is most likely their final Olympics, Tamika Catchings, Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi all wanted to leave Rio with a fourth gold medal wrapped around their necks.

"It was just a real different game today", coach Mike Krzyzewski said.

"That's just the way I felt", Gasol said.

The only longer team Olympic gold-medal run than the U.S. women's six is that of the USA men's basketball team, which took the first seven Olympic titles. "So we're looking forward to playing".

United States defeat Spain to go through to Rio Olympics basketball final. That's an average margin of 37 points per game, enough to put this team in (atop?) the conversation for best Olympic squad of all-time.

"This medal pays off so much work these past years".

Earlier, Serbia beat France 70-63 in the bronze medal game.

Heading into the Rio Olympics, the US women were the overwhelming favorite to win the gold medal in basketball and they did not disappoint. It's simple. They're not playing like a team.

"Two years ago, we were not mentally ready".

The infamous 1992 Dream Team scrimmage this was not. USA coach Geno Auriemma, who has become an expert a fielding these queries during his day job at the University of Connecticut--where he's won the last four national titles, and 11 overall--wonders why Michael Phelps doesn't receive such scrutiny.

Australia was the most consistent team in the tournament until it suffered a brutal loss to Serbia that has to have this club shook at some point.

Astou Ndour's 3-pointer pulled Spain within 27-24 but the U.S. responded with a 14-2 run for a 41-26 edge. She set the record for most threes in a single Olympic tournament and extended her record for most career Olympic three-pointers.

Spain, which never led, closed with a 19-10 run but it was too little and too late.

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