SAITAMA, JAPAN – Kevin Durant and the Americans still have a hold on gold and it’s going to take more than a few minutes for anyone to snatch it away from them.
They were terrible early on, then terrible later against Australia.
Durant scored 23 points, Devin Booker 20 and America blew past the Aussies 97-78 in the Olympic men’s basketball semi-final Thursday (Wednesday night PT) after eventually falling in a 15-point hole .
Their gold-medal streak looked in jeopardy in the middle of the second quarter, with the Americans overwhelming Australia with a 48–14 stretch, giving them a 74–55 lead after three periods.
America missed his first 10 3-point attempts and didn’t hit a single one until late in the second quarter, then it seemed as though the American hardly missed again, with Booker scoring three 3-pointers.
Jew Holiday scored 11 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the United States, who will play European champions Slovenia or France in their pursuit of a fourth consecutive gold medal on Saturday. The French defeated the Americans 83–76 in their Olympic opener.
It was part of a 2–3 start of the summer for the US, which included a loss to the Australians in an exhibition game in Las Vegas.
The Americans no longer look like that team.
They look like the best team in the world, which would have easily won gold.
Patty Mills scored 15 points for Australia, who still need a win for their first Olympic basketball medal.
There is much more to come on this story.