The United States’ men’s basketball team regained the Olympic title, but they were made to work for a 118-107 victory by a valiant Spain side. Spain provided a genuine challenge with Rudy Fernandez – who scored 22 points – in inspirational form. Spain got to within two points late on but the US had an extra gear and made the most of free-throw opportunities. At the award ceremony, the Chinese spectators showed their preference. They politely clapped the US side but gave the Spanish side thunderous applause.


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