London, England (Sports Network) - Make it back-to-back Olympic gold medals for the U.S. men's basketball team.
Four years after beating Spain for the title at the Beijing Olympics, the Americans repeated the feat with a 107-100 victory over the Spaniards to claim gold at the London Games.
It did not come easy.
Spain was within one at halftime and again after three quarters, but the Americans used a 12-3 spurt early in the fourth quarter to gain some breathing room and held off one last Spanish run to win it.
Kevin Durant drilled a three-pointer during the decisive burst and finished with 30 points for the Americans, while LeBron James chipped in 19 and added two key baskets in the closing minutes to help seal the 14th Olympic title for the United States. The Americans have won five of the six gold medals since NBA stars began Olympic play at the 1992 Barcelona Games.
Pau Gasol scored 24 points for Spain, which earned a silver medal for the third time.