The top to bottom competitive Olympic basketball tournament FIBA envisioned for a future Olympics after rules were changed in 1989 to allow players from the NBA to play in international competitions occurred in 2004. And as predicted, the competition was indeed the most competitive and unpredictable ever. After dropping two games in the preliminary round, the U.S. ousted Spain 102-94 in quarterfinal action, but was edged by eventual gold medalist Argentina, 89-81, in the semifinals. Determined to not leave without a medal, the USA avenged its 94-90 preliminary round loss to Lithuania. Despite Lithuania shooting a stunning 21-of-37 (.567) from beyond the 3-point arc, the U.S. went home winners as Shawn Marion came off the bench to score 22 points to help guide the Americans to a 104-96 victory and the bronze medal. Allen Iverson (13.8 ppg., 2.5 apg.), Tim Duncan (12.9 ppg., 9.1 rpg.) and Stephon Marbury (10.5 ppg., 3.4 apg.) led the USA in its bronze medal run.