LeBron James had to take the gold medal from Spain. That's exactly what he did.

James scored five of his 19 points in less than a minute to help the United States hold off Spain, 107-100. Kevin Durant scored 30 for the US and Pau Gasol led Spain with 24.

This was no waltz to the gold for the heavily favored Americans. It was a bare-knuckle street fight that took everything they had.

And it was just enough.

The US led by one at the start of the fourth and just six with 3:20 to go. James soared for a dunk and then hit a 3-pointer for a nine point lead, and the Americans breathed a sigh of relief — and did a few chest bumps — when it was over.

— Jon Krawczynski — Twitter


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