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Redemption: Defense struggles, but U.S. men beat Spain for gold
Coach Mike Krzyzewski poses with his U.S. team after they all placed their gold medals around his neck.
Beijing, China (Sports Network) - The defense withered, allowing the most points ever scored against an American group in a men's Olympic basketball game, yet the Redeem Team accomplished its goal in Beijing with a spectacular offensive performance on Sunday.

Yes, the U.S. is back atop the basketball world.

Dwyane Wade scored 27 points and Kobe Bryant added 20, including 13 in the final quarter, to guide the United States to a 118-107 win over a depleted, but enthusiastic, Spain squad in the gold medal game.

"This feels great," said Wade. "We haven't won gold in eight years. A lot of people doubted that NBA stars could play together."

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