Durant's 30 Leads USA to Gold
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Posted Aug 13, 2012


Kevin Durant pumped in 30 points and grabbed nine rebounds in leading Team USA to a 107-100 victory over Spain on Sunday, pacing the American team to its second consecutive Olympic Gold Medal.

Durant hit 8-of-18 shots, including 5-of-13 from behind the arc, and added a 9-for-10 stretch from the free throw line. He also had one assist, one steal and a blocked shot.

“I can’t put into words how proud we all are of Kevin and the entire United States team,” said Texas coach Rick Barnes. “Seeing Kevin’s smile as he received his gold medal is one of those special moments. Kevin has always been about winning, so those of us who know him so well understand how truly happy he was on that podium. Forget the individual numbers, today’s game was all about doing whatever it took to bring home that gold medal.”

Still, the individual numbers will be hard to forget. Durant's 30 points ties as the third-highest single-game total in U.S. Olympic history. His 156 points for the entire tournament is a new American record, beating the 145 scored by Spencer Haywood in 1968. And he doubled the USA record for three-pointers made in an Olympic tournament, hitting 34. The previous record of 17 was held by Kobe Bryant (2008) and Reggie Miller (1996).

Durant led Team USA in scoring over the eight-game Olympic tournament, putting up 19.5 points per game. He was second in rebounding (5.8 per game) and was wonderfully efficient with his team-leading 26 minutes per game, shooting .485 from the field, .523 from the three-point line and .889 from the free-throw line. He led the team in blocks with five, was second in steals with 13 and dished out 21 assists to just nine turnovers.

He becomes the third player in Longhorn basketball history to win a gold medal, along with Gilbert Ford (1956) and Jay Arnette (1960). Durant was the fourth Texas basketball player to compete in the Olympics, the first since Albert Almanza played for Mexico in the 1964 games.

Durant also led Team USA in scoring when the Americans took home the gold at the 2010 World Championships.



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