Team USA men’s basketball takes home the gold against France

Team USA won, 87-82

United States' Kevin Durant (7) chases the ball during men's basketball gold medal game against France at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021, in Saitama, Japan. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) (Charlie Neibergall, Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Team USA marks its fifth consecutive Olympic gold medal in men’s basketball after going head-to-head in a grudge match with France at the Tokyo Olympics.

USA wins gold by five points with a score of 87-82.

After losing to France back in July during a preliminary game in Tokyo, Team USA had its eye on redemption during this medal session game. That loss was the USA’s first in the Olympics since 2004, breaking its 25-game win streak.

Leading Team USA was captain Kevin Durant with 29 points and 6 rebounds while Jayson Tatum managed 19 points with 7 rebounds.

For France, Evan Fournier and Rudy Gobert top-scored with 16 points each.

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