The U.S. men’s basketball team faced France for the second time at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday, only this time, there was gold on the line.
A historically dominant force in international basketball, the United States had struggled in Tokyo – and even before it. In July, it lost exhibition matches against Nigeria and Australia. Then in the opening game of Olympic pool play, it lost 83-76 to France.
After a semifinal win over the Aussies, though, something finally clicked for the American squad. Milwaukee Bucks star Jrue Holiday and Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker, who was busy with the NBA Finals during the U.S. exhibitions, have supplemented an offense that’s been carried by Olympic veteran Kevin Durant.