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Classic 1972 USA vs. USSR Basketball game

Updated: August 6, 2004, 9:03 AM ET
By Frank Saraceno | Special to ESPN.com

In a different era, the global perception of amateur American basketball was one of domination. As the 1972 Summer Olympics commenced, this notion was punctuated with the impressive fact that no American team had ever lost in men's basketball in Olympic play, winning seven gold medals dating back to 1936. All of this changed on the morning of September 10, 1972.

The youngest squad to ever represent the United States in Olympic competition stepped onto the floor to face their athletic ...

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