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2012 U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball Team

Games of the XXXth Olympiad -- 2012

  • Date:
    Sep 14, 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)
USA
98
  France   71
USA
110
  Tunisia   73
USA
156
  Nigeria   63
USA
99
  Lithuania   94
USA
126
  Argentina   97
USA
119
  Australia   86
USA
109
  Argentina   83
USA
107
  Spain 100

2012 OLYMPIC GAMES
FINAL STANDINGS

1. USA (8-0)   7. Australia (3-3)
2. Spain (5-3)   8. Lithuania (2-4)
3. Russia (6-2)   9. Great Britain (1-4)
4. Argentina (4-4) 10. Nigeria (1-4)
5. Brazil (4-2)
11. Tunisia (0-5)
6. France (4-2)

12. China (0-5)

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

NAME POS HGT WGT AGE AFFILIATION (SCHOOL)
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


G/S FGM-A PCT 3PM-A PCT FTM-A PCT REB PTS AS BK ST
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
USA   8 329-629 .523 129-293 .440 137-191 .717 357/44.6 924/115.5 200 19 83
OPP.  8 244-537 .454   61-184 .332 118-169 .698 284/35.5 667/83.4 142 15 25

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