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Basketball at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Men's Basketball

Basketball at the 2016 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

Events:

Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Carioca Arena 1, Barra Olympic Park, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 6, 2016
Date Finished: August 21, 2016
Format: Round-robin pools advance teams to classification matches.

Gold: USA United States
Silver: SRB Serbia
Bronze: ESP Spain

Summary

The heavy favorite in men’s basketball was the United States, which had not lost an international game since the semi-finals of the 2006 World Championships, when they were defeated by Greece. That year also coincided with the first year that Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski was asked to become the USA National coach, a job he continued through the Rio Olympics. Under Krzyzewski, the USA won the 2008 and 2012 Olympic gold medals, and the 2010 and 2014 World Championships, although in 2014 the name changed to World Cup. The only glimmer of hope for the other teams was that several of the USA’s best NBA players, among them [LeBron James] and Stephen Curry, elected not to play in the Olympics. It mattered little.

In group play the United States won all five of its games to qualify for group play, however, it was not that easy as the USA was challenged in several games. After comfortable wins over China and Venezuela, the US defeated Australia by only 10 points, and then survived very close games against Serbia and France, winning both by three points, and the US appeared vulnerable going into the elimination rounds. Also advancing from Group A were Australia, France and Serbia. In group B, Croatia, Spain, Lithuania, and Argentina finished in an unusual four-way tie with identical 3-2 records, with point differential breaking the tie, but only for seeding purposes.

The quarter-finals saw Australia, France, Serbia, and the United States advancing, as the USA defeated Argentina with ease, 105-78, putting to rest some rumors of their vulnerability. Serbia defeated Croatia in an internecine struggle. The semi-finals were closer for the USA, defeating Spain 82-76, but the game was actually not that tight. The final was a replay of the 2014 World Cup final, with the United States meeting Serbia, who they had only defeated 94-91 in group play, but the game was a romp, with the US winning 95-66, despite easing up in the fourth quarter. The bronze medal match was very close with Spain eking out a victory for the medal, defeating Australia, 89-88. For the winning US team, [Carmelo Anthony ] became the first man to win three Olympic golds in basketball. The only good news for other nations was that Mike Krzyzewski, who had become the first basketball coach to lead a team to three gold medals, was stepping down as USA National coach, but he would be replaced by Gregg Popovich, considered the top coach in the NBA, for the San Antonio Spurs.

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Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal GP PTS AVG 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 8 807 100.9 278 590 0.471 195 365 0.534 83 225 0.369 168 224 0.750 129 235 364 192 70 94 28 171
2 Serbia SRB Silver 8 665 83.1 237 508 0.467 178 330 0.539 59 178 0.331 132 171 0.772 87 201 288 177 67 115 16 197
3 Spain ESP Bronze 8 689 86.1 243 526 0.462 165 314 0.525 78 212 0.368 125 169 0.740 88 218 306 164 61 89 24 171
4 Australia AUS 8 683 85.4 255 516 0.494 196 338 0.580 59 178 0.331 114 149 0.765 87 209 296 194 51 102 18 175
5 Croatia CRO 6 483 80.5 161 354 0.455 111 211 0.526 50 143 0.350 111 145 0.766 58 171 229 104 29 89 8 121
6 France FRA 6 490 81.7 184 361 0.510 151 270 0.559 33 91 0.363 89 111 0.802 55 164 219 127 38 88 21 119
7 Lithuania LTU 6 456 76.0 174 373 0.466 129 239 0.540 45 134 0.336 63 86 0.733 57 149 206 107 35 90 21 135
8 Argentina ARG 6 519 86.5 178 430 0.414 110 236 0.466 68 194 0.351 95 138 0.688 54 175 229 97 52 81 17 131
9 Brazil BRA 5 411 82.2 149 342 0.436 117 234 0.500 32 108 0.296 81 111 0.730 63 128 191 96 34 62 7 121
10 Venezuela VEN 5 315 63.0 112 303 0.370 88 201 0.438 24 102 0.235 67 88 0.761 56 79 135 83 39 66 7 120
11 Nigeria NGR 5 392 78.4 138 316 0.437 87 177 0.492 51 139 0.367 65 86 0.756 50 128 178 85 24 82 25 109
12 China CHN 5 318 63.6 110 264 0.417 91 187 0.487 19 77 0.247 79 112 0.705 37 88 125 73 38 90 12 133