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Basketball at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Men's Basketball

Basketball at the 2012 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

Events:
Phases:

Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Basketball Arena, Olympic Park, Stratford, London; North Greenwich Arena, Greenwich, London
Date Started: July 29, 2012
Date Finished: August 12, 2012
Format: Round-robin pools advance teams to classification matches.

Gold: USA United States
Silver: ESP Spain
Bronze: RUS Russia

Summary

The United States has historically dominated the sport of basketball, but after the USA team placed third at the 2004 Olympics, it was obvious that the rest of the world was catching up. Although NBA players had been used at the Olympics since 1992, even with them it had become apparent that the USA could no longer show up with a team of NBA All-Stars and expect to waltz through the Olympics to a gold medal. USA Basketball responded by hiring Jerry Colangelo, a former NBA coach, to lead Team USA and Colangelo hired Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, who instituted a team program concept. This worked with a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics and in 2010 the USA won the World Championships for only the second time ever. Led by NBA stars Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, and Chris Paul, the USA was favored in London, but they knew that they could be beaten if they did not play well, as Spain, Russia, and Argentina had several NBA players on their teams.

But that never happened, although they were challenged. In group play the United States punished Nigeria 156-73, setting all sorts of Olympic records, including most points in a game, and margin of victory. But their next game was against Lithuania and this was close until late in the fourth quarter, before the USA pulled ahead to win 99-94. In the knock-out round, the United States easily defeated Australia and Argentina to reach the final against Spain. Spain had beaten Lithuania in the quarters and Russia in the semis.

The final was close throughout, with the USA pulling out to an early lead, only to see Spain come back in the second period and cut the lead to only one at the half, 59-58. It stayed that way after three quarters, but the US was too strong in the final few minutes and won the gold medal, 107-100. The bronze medal went to Russia, who defeated Argentina 81-77. Despite the history of top Russian basketball players, mainly when playing for the Soviet Union, this was the first Olympic medal in men’s basketball for Russia.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal GP PTS AVG DQ 2P 2PA 2P% 3P 3PA 3P% FG FGA FG% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL TOV BLK PF
1 United States USA Gold 8 924 115.5 0 200 336 0.595 129 293 0.440 329 629 0.523 137 191 0.717 118 239 357 200 83 78 19 171
2 Spain ESP Silver 8 647 80.9 2 173 343 0.504 49 147 0.333 222 490 0.453 154 209 0.737 90 234 324 154 29 100 31 158
3 Russia RUS Bronze 8 623 77.9 2 180 325 0.554 52 156 0.333 232 481 0.482 107 161 0.665 67 219 286 158 49 111 40 153
4 Argentina ARG 8 690 86.3 0 170 316 0.538 76 202 0.376 246 518 0.475 122 163 0.748 63 203 266 157 50 86 17 151
5 Brazil BRA 6 479 79.8 3 148 292 0.507 38 119 0.319 186 411 0.453 69 110 0.627 72 153 225 100 39 63 11 143
6 France FRA 6 435 72.5 4 126 242 0.521 37 128 0.289 163 370 0.441 72 104 0.692 55 170 225 93 37 90 30 131
7 Australia AUS 6 496 82.7 0 143 295 0.485 49 146 0.336 192 441 0.435 63 87 0.724 82 166 248 106 41 79 15 137
8 Lithuania LTU 6 469 78.2 2 130 257 0.506 38 103 0.369 168 360 0.467 95 120 0.792 54 175 229 109 26 98 12 148
9 Great Britain GBR 5 380 76.0 4 98 222 0.441 40 126 0.317 138 348 0.397 64 89 0.719 79 126 205 65 24 71 8 117
10 Nigeria NGR 5 338 67.6 0 90 228 0.395 27 99 0.273 117 327 0.358 77 111 0.694 83 111 194 53 26 86 9 90
11 Tunisia TUN 5 320 64.0 3 88 204 0.431 37 106 0.349 125 310 0.403 33 62 0.532 60 109 169 64 29 93 21 83
12 China CHN 5 313 62.6 0 84 210 0.400 27 69 0.391 111 279 0.398 64 107 0.598 30 129 159 46 17 70 21 89