Olympics: Seniors Rule In USA's Run To Basketball Gold
Zeeshan Mehtab Published August 22, 2016 | 01:59 PM
RIO DE JANEIRO, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News -22nd Augst,2016) - On a team of mostly first-time young Olympians, it was the USA veterans Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant who stole the Rio show as the USA won its third straight gold medal. Anthony on Sunday became the first man to collect three basketball golds, a week after he became the USA's all-time Olympics scorer, surpassing NBA superstar LeBron James. But Kevin Durant, the only other player besides Anthony to return from the 2012 London Games, provided a big assist by unleashing his potent offensive punch to clinch the title.
The newly assembled team they led was occasionally challenged in Rio, raising some doubts about the outcome. But not in the minds of the USA players, said Durant. "We got together on July 17 and we set our minds on winning these gold medals.
That was our main focus, Carmelo being the leader and me kind of following up," he said. Anthony, 32, brought the experience, and Durant, 27, the scoring as the USA capped their 2016 Olympic run by mauling Serbia 96-66.