|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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