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2000 U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball Team

Games of the XXVIIth Olympiad -- 2000

  • Date:
    Sep 14, 2012

Sydney, Australia • September 15 - October 1, 2000

The 2000 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team did what they were sent to do: they won the Olympic gold medal. What wasn't expected were several tight contests that kept games suspenseful for U.S. team members and basketball fans worldwide for the first time since the 1988 Olympics.


2000 U.S. RESULTS (8-0)
USA 119 China 72
USA   93 Italy 61
USA   85 Lithuania 76
USA 102 New Zealand 56
USA 106 France 94
USA   85 Russia 70
USA   85 Lithuania 83
USA   85 France 75

2000 OLYMPIC GAMES FINAL STANDINGS

1. USA (8-0)   7. Canada (5-2)
2. France (4-4)   8. Russia (3-4)
3. Lithuania (5-3)   9. Spain (2-4)
4. Australia (4-4) 10. China (2-4)
5. Italy (4-3) 11. New Zealand (1-5)
6. Yugoslavia (4-3)

12. Angola (0-6)

For the 12th time in 14 Olympics the United States men's Olympic team won gold and in the process upped its overall win-loss record in Olympic play to an astounding 109-2, including a current win streak numbering 25 consecutive victories.

The U.S. opened play on Sept. 17 and behind Ray Allen's 21 points recorded an impressive 119-72 win over China. Utilizing a balanced attack the U.S. handed 1999 European champ Italy a 93-61 setback. Receiving 14 points from Gary Payton, despite Lithuania never letting the U.S. break away, the U.S. posted a nine point victory, 85-76, the closest margin since NBA players began competing in 1992. New Zealand, making its first Olympic men's basketball appearance were whipped 102-56 win as Vince Carter and Allan Houston scored 18 and 17 points respectively. Closing out preliminary play against France, relying on 20 points and 11 rebounds from Antonio McDyess and 19 points and 11 boards from Kevin Garnett the USA secured a 12-point win, 106-94.

Meeting Russia in the quarterfinals, the USA led by five at halftime and went on to record an 85-70 win as Jason Kidd posted 10 points, a game high eight assists and seven rebounds, while Garnett added 16 points and 11 rebounds. Facing Lithuania again, this time in the semifinals, the U.S. was forced to rally back in the game's final 90 seconds and only after Lithuania's desperation 3-pointer fell short as time ran out did the U.S. claim a tight 85-83 victory. Carter paced the U.S. scoring attack with 18 points, Mourning had 16 and Garnett finished with 12 points, 14 rebounds.

Fifteen days after opening the Olympics the USA faced France for the gold medal. The Americans, behind 13 points from Allen and Carter, led the entire game and despite opening a 14-point lead early, were unable to put France away. France rallied to within four, 76-72 with 4:26 to play, before the U.S. once again reasserted itself and pulled away for the 85-75 victory.

The USA's gold medal crusade was a team effort. Offensively, the U.S. averaged 95.0 points a game and all 12 players scored between 14.8 and 5.5 points a game. Carter led the U.S. in scoring and was third overall for the Olympics averaging 14.8 points a game, while Garnett added 10.8 ppg. and an Olympic competition leading 9.1 rebounds. Mourning added 10.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and an Olympic high 2.3 blocked shots a game and Allen finished averaging 9.8 ppg. Kidd led the U.S. and ranked fourth in the Olympics in assists averaging 4.4 per game, and two-time Olympian Payton added 3.4 apg. to rank eighth among all players.

 

2000 U.S. MEN'S OLYMPIC TEAM ROSTER

NAME POS HGT WGT DOB PRO TEAM/COLLEGE
Shareef Abdur-Rahim F 6-9 230 23 Vancouver Grizzlies / California '96
Ray Allen G 6-5 205 25 Milwaukee Bucks / Connecticut '96
Vin Baker F 6-11 240 28 Seattle SuperSonics / Hartford '93
Vince Carter G/F 6-6 225 23 Toronto Raptors / North Carolina '98
Kevin Garnett F 6-11 220 24 Minnesota Timberwolves / Farragut Academy H.S. (IL)
Tim Hardaway G 6-0 195 34 Miami Heat / Texas El-Paso '89
Allan Houston G 6-6 200 29 New York Knicks / Tennessee '93
Jason Kidd G 6-4 212 27 Phoenix Suns / California '94
Antonio McDyess F 6-9 220 26 Denver Nuggets / Alabama '95
Alonzo Mourning C 6-10 261 30 Miami Heat / Georgetown '92
Gary Payton G 6-4 190 32 Seattle SuperSonics / Oregon State '90
Steve Smith G 6-8 221 31 Portland Trail Blazers / Michigan State '91
Head Coach: Rudy Tomjanovich (Houston Rockets)
Assistant Coach: Larry Brown (Philadelphia 76ers)
Assistant Coach: Gene Keady (Purdue University)
Assistant Coach: Tubby Smith (University of Kentucky)

2000 U.S. U.S. MEN'S OLYMPIC TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS


G/S FGM-A PCT 3PM-A PCT FTM-A PCT REB PTS AT BK ST
Carter 8/5 41-81 .506 11-27 .407 25-36 .694 29/ 3.6 118/14.8 11 1 8
Garnett 8/5 37-68 .544 0-0 .--- 12-19 .632 73/ 9.1 86/10.8 17 3 9
Mourning 6/6 22-37 .595 0-2 .000 17-20 .850 25/ 4.2 61/10.2 8 14 1
Allen 8/2 28-52 .538 10-19 .526 12-12 1.000 15/ 1.9 78/ 9.8 10 2 7
Baker 8/2 23-36 .639 0-0 .--- 18-31 .581 24/ 3.0 64/ 8.0 6 4 3
Houston 7/4 18-38 .474 12-20 .600 8-10 .800 13/ 1.9 56/ 8.0 7 0 0
McDyess 8/2 27-40 .675 0-0 .--- 7-15 .467 47/ 5.9 61/ 7.6 8 1 4
Abdur-Rahim 8/1 17-31 .548 0-1 .000 17-21 .810 26/ 3.3 51/ 6.4 1 0 3
Smith 8/2 11-24 .458 4-9 .444 23-29 .793 19/ 2.4 49/ 6.1 11 3 2
Kidd 8/4 16-31 .516 4-8 .500 12-15 .800 42/ 5.3 48/ 6.0 35 1 9
Payton 8/6 15-43 .349 2-10 .200 12-17 .706 17/ 2.1 44/ 5.5 27 1 9
Hardaway 8/1 15-39 .385 11-32 .344 3-5 .600 11/ 1.4 44/ 5.5 12 0 2
USA 8 270-520 .519 54-128 .422 166-230 .722 341/42.6 760/95.0 153 30 57
OPP. 8 187-479 .390 50-178 .281 163-239 .682 200/25.0 587/73.4 106 17 35

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