Monday, August 13, 2012
Team USA, Durant's Olympic feats
By Marc Stein
LONDON -- Who's up for one last installment of Team USA by the numbers?
• By winning Sunday's gold-medal game against Spain, Team USA has automatically qualified for the 2014 World Cup of Basketball in Spain, formerly known as FIBA's quadrennial world championship.
The Americans will take a 50-game winning streak into that competition, dating to a semifinal loss to Greece at the 2006 world championship in Japan. Coach Mike Krzyzewski leaves the bench with an overall record of 62-1 and a 17-game winning streak in the Olympics.
• Kevin Durant's 156 points trumped Argentina's Manu Ginobili for the highest total of the tournament ... by a single point. Australia's Patty Mills of the San Antonio Spurs had the Olympics' highest scoring average at 21.2 points per game, followed by Durant's 19.5 ppg.
Durant is the fifth player in U.S. history to score 30-plus points in an Olympic game, but the first to do so in the final.
• Durant's 34 3-pointers doubled the U.S. record of 17, set by Reggie Miller in 1996 and matched by Kobe Bryant in 2008. In London, Carmelo Anthony (23) and Bryant (17) combined with Durant to approach the team record of 77 in 2008 in Beijing.
• For those of you who simply can't bear to go on without one last Dream Team comparison, here are the statistical basics of what the teams achieved: