Members of the U.S. men's basketball team pose with their gold medals during victory ceremony at the North Greenwich Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games (Photo : Reuters)
Team USA picked up their second consecutive gold medal at the 2012 London Summer Olympics over Spain in a narrow margin of victory of 107-100.
The final game in the North Greenwich Arena saw Kevin Durant continue his scoring success with 30 points, giving the Oklahoma City Thunder player a total of 156 points most points scored throughout the London Olympics, but just one point less than Argentina's and San Antonio Spurs' Emanuel "Manu" Ginobili with 155 total points.
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LeBron James continued his NBA MVP ways with seven assists, four rebounds, and 19 points during the gold medal final, two points ahead of Lakers' Kobe Bryant who stated he will not return to the Olympics in 2016.
"This is it for me," said Bryant. "The Other guys are good to go."
"We knew it wasn't going to be easy. We didn't want it easy," said James to reporters. "A lot of teams have won gold easy. We didn't want it that way."
According to James, the 2012 Olympic team was a competitive team that showed their will and determination during their games.
For Coach Mike Krzyzewski, he stated he'll be retiring as coach. Krzyzewski's led the team to their second consecutive gold matching former coach Hank Iba's feat.
The close game at one point saw Spain losing by one point entering the fourth quarter. If Spain had to choose a MVP, undoubtedly the choice is fellow Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol who scored the third highest points during the Olympics with 153.
"I am disappointed, but on the other side I'm very proud how of the way we competed, how we played," said Gasol. "We fought for 40 minutes. I am proud of having another Olympic medal around my neck."
The silver medalist added, "It's disappointing because I thought we had our chance. We were right there pretty much the entire game. We let them get away in the fourth and we couldn't get back."
"We came through from the beginning of July and worked hard for one goal and I'm glad I accomplished it," said Durant.
The win for Team USA marked their overall 14th gold medal.
Kevin Durant: 30 points
LeBron James: 19 points
Kobe Bryant: 17 points
LeBron James: 4 assists
Carmelo Anthony: 3 assists
Kobe Bryant: 2 points
Kevin Durant: 9 rebounds
Kevin Love: 9 rebounds
LeBron James: 7 rebounds
Pau Gasol: 24 points
Juan-Carlos Navarro: 21 points
Marc Gasol: 17 points
Paul Gasol: 7 assists
Sergio Rodriguez: 6 assists
Sergio Llull: 3 points
Serge Ibaka: 9 rebounds
Pau Gasol: 8 rebounds
Rudy Fernandez: 6 rebounds