LONDON — It wasn't easy, or particularly graceful until the fourth quarter, but the U.S. men's basketball team finally prevailed in the Olympics final.
Kevin Durant scored 30 points as the U.S. defeated Spain, 107-100, in the gold-medal game Sunday at North Greenwich Arena.
LeBron James added 19 points and Kobe Bryant had 17 for the U.S., which held a one-point lead going into the fourth quarter.
James scored on a dunk and hit a three-pointer as the shot clock dwindled, giving the U.S. a 102-93 lead with 1:59 to play. Then Chris Paul scored on a twisting, driving layup for a 104-93 lead with 50 seconds left.
When it was over, the U.S. team jumped up and down in a huddle near midcourt as "Born in the USA" played on the arena speakers. Many players grabbed U.S. flags from fans and held them over their heads.