Games of the XXXth Olympiad -- 2012
London, England • July 29-August 12, 2012
The 2012 version of the U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team was an electrifying, high-octane scoring team.
An 8-0 record, a second consecutive Olympic gold medal showing, and an average margin of victory of 32.1 points a game, were just some of the impressive numbers the men compiled in London.
2012 U.S. RESULTS (8-0)
2012 OLYMPIC GAMES
Where some teams win because of defense, the 2012 U.S. team was an unstoppable steamrolling offensive machine.
The U.S. averaged 115.5 points a game in its eight outings. The Americans’ point production was up 9.3 points per game from 2008 and it was the second most points averaged ever by a U.S. Olympic men’s team. Only the famed 1992 Dream Team averaged more, out producing the 2012 team by a slim 1.8 points a game margin (117.3 ppg. to 115.5 ppg.).
Featuring a 12-man roster overflowing with basketball talents, the golden 2012 U.S. team featured five members of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team - Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Chris Paul and Deron Williams; five members of the 2010 USA World Championship Team - Tyson Chandler, Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, Kevin Love and Russell Westbrook; and two USA National Team newcomers – Anthony Davis and James Harden.
The team was again under the expert handling of USA Basketball National Team Managing Director Jerry Colangelo, Hall of Fame head coach Mike Krzyzewski, and assistant coaches Jim Boeheim, Mike D’Antoni and Nate McMillan.
Further proof of the potency of this team - the USA ranked first in every Olympic offensive team statistical category but free throw percentage.
Five U.S. team members finished with double figure scoring averages, and nine of the 12 players on the roster averaged 5.5 points a game or more.
As a team, the USA established or tied six USA Olympic single game records and rewrote five U.S. team Olympic competition marks.
The U.S. opened preliminary play with a convincing 98-71 win over France as Durant recorded 22 points. Eighty of the USA’s 110 points came from its reserve players in a 110-63 rout of overmatched Tunisia. The American’s exploded for a 156-73 win over Nigeria and established an Olympic mark for most points scored by any team in Olympic history, while also rewriting six U.S. Olympic records and tying one more. Anthony, one of three U.S. three-time Olympians in basketball, finished with a U.S. Olympic single-game record of 37 points in just 14:29 minutes of action, and made 10-of-12 from 3-point to set U.S. Olympic marks for 3-pointers made and attempted.
With the USA trailing a veteran Lithuania team 82-80 in the fourth quarter, James, also a three-time Olympian, scored nine of his 20 points in the last four minutes to help the U.S outlast Lithuania for a hard-fought 99-94 win that kept the U.S. undefeated. Williams scored five of his 12 points in the last 4:31 as well, while Anthony aided the USA victorious cause with 20 points.
Taking a 34-32 lead after the first quarter, and up one, 60-59, at halftime, a 42-point third quarter explosion that included five 3-pointers from Durant helped the USA take control and pave the way to a 126-97 win over rival Argentina. Durant shot 8-of-10 from 3-point to lead the USA with 28 points. James finished with 18 points and five assist, despite playing fewer than six minutes in the second half due to foul trouble; Paul dished out seven assists and was 5-of-6 from 3-point to finish with 17 points; Love and Iguodala contributed 13 points and game highs of nine rebounds apiece; and Bryant rounded out the USA’s double-digit scorers with 11 points.
A triple-double from James and 20 points from Bryant, including four straight 3-pointers in a 67-second span in the fourth quarter, helped the U.S overpower Australia 119-86 and advance to the semifinals. James finished with 11 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists for the first triple-double in U.S. Olympic history and just the second triple-double in Olympic history.
Making 18-of-42 3-pointers, the USA finished off Argentina 109-83 in the semis to advance to the gold medal game. Leading by seven points at halftime, Durant sank two 3-pointers in an 8-0 run in the third quarter that gave the USA some breathing room, 59-46, at 6:28, and then sank two more in the stanza to help the USA take a 74-57 lead into the fourth quarter. The U.S. went on to knock down nine threes in the final stanza, including four from Anthony to run away with the win. Durant finished with 19 points on 5-of-10 shooting from 3-point, Anthony was 4-of-8 from deep on his way to 18 points and six rebounds and James added 18 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
In a game that featured 16 lead changes and six tied scores, 30 points from Durant led a balanced attack that helped the U.S fight off Spain for a 107-100 win to capture the Olympic gold medal. In a rematch of the 2008 Beijing Olympic gold medal game, the U.S. led 35-27 at the first break, 59-58 at half and 83-82 entering the fourth quarter. Paul hit a three and drove in for two points to put the USA up 90-84 at 8:46, and the USA went on to post the win as its lead never fell below six points. Making 8-of-13 shots, James added 19 points, seven rebounds and team-high four assists; Bryant added 17 points; Paul finished with 11 points and Love grabbed a team-high nine rebounds to go with nine points.
2012 USA MEN'S OLYMPIC TEAM ROSTER
|Carmelo Anthony||F||6-8||230||28||New York Knicks (Syracuse)|
|Kobe Bryant||G||6-6||205||33||Los Angeles Lakers (Lower Merion H.S.)|
|Tyson Chandler||C||7-1||240||27||New York Knicks (Dominguez H.S.)|
|Anthony Davis||C||6-10||220||19||New Orleans Hornets (Kentucky)|
|Kevin Durant||G||6-9||235||23||Oklahoma City Thunder (Texas)|
|James Harden||G||6-5||220||22||Oklahoma City Thunder (Arizona State)|
|Andre Iguodala||G/F||6-6||207||28||Denver Nuggets (Arizona)|
|LeBron James||F||6-8||250||27||Miami Heat (St. Vincent-St. Mary H.S.)|
|Kevin Love||F||6-10||260||23||Minnesota Timberwolves (UCLA)|
|Chris Paul||G||6-0||183||27||Los Angeles Clippers (Wake Forest)|
|Russell Westbrook||G||6-3||187||23||Oklahoma City Thunder (UCLA)|
|Deron Williams||G||6-3||209||28||Brooklyn Nets (Illinois)|
|HEAD COACH: Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University|
|ASSISTANT COACH: Jim Boeheim, Syracuse University|
|ASSISTANT COACH: Mike D'Antoni|
|ASSISTANT COACH: Nate McMillan|
|TEAM PHYSICIAN: Don Roberts, Portland Trail Blazers|
|ATHLETIC TRAINER: Joseph Sharpe, Oklahoma City Thunder|
|ATHLETIC TRAINER: Casey Smith, Dallas Mavericks|
|USA BASKETBALL MANAGING DIRECTOR: Jerry Colangelo|
2012 USA MEN'S OLYMPIC TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS
|Durant||8/8||49-101||.485||34-65||.523||24-27||.889||46/ 5.8||156/ 19.5||21||5||13|
|Anthony||8/0||46- 86||.535||23-46||.500||15-19||.789||38/ 4.8||130/ 16.3||10||0||4|
|James||8/8||44- 73||.603||6-20||.300||12-16||.750||45/ 5.6||106/ 13.3||45||2||11|
|Bryant||8/8||30- 70||.429||17-39||.436||20-22||.909||14/ 1.8||97/ 12.1||10||0||9|
|Love||8/0||34- 54||.630||8-22||.364||17-30||.567||61/ 7.6||93/ 11.6||3||2||2|
|Williams||8/0||23- 59||.390||13-32||.406||13-17||.765||12/ 1.5||72/ 9.0||37||1||4|
|Westbrook||8/0||22- 46||.478||4-12||.333||20-27||.741||13/ 1.6||68/ 8.5||13||0||7|
|Paul||8/8||25- 49||.510||13-28||.464||3-6||.500||20/ 2.5||66/ 8.3||41||0||20|
|Harden||8/0||17- 34||.500||6-20||.300||4-7||.571||5/ 0.6||44/ 5.5||6||1||4|
|Iguodala||8/0||14- 20||.700||5-9||.556||1-2||.500||22/ 2.8||34/ 4.3||11||1||5|
|Chandler||8/8||14- 20||.700||0-0||.---||4-12||.333||32/ 4.0||32/ 4.0||3||4||3|
|Davis||7/0||11- 17||.647||0-0||.---||4-6||.667||19/ 2.7||26/ 3.7||0||3||1|