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USA crush Serbia 96-66 in Rio Olympic Final

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The United States won a third consecutive Olympic gold medal in Men's Basketball as they beat Serbia 96-66 in the final of the Rio Olympics.

This was the last gold medal on offer at the 2016 Rio Games on Sunday and the 25th Olympic victory of the US, which also had perfect 8-0 records in 2008 Beijing Olympics and in London in 2012.

This was the first Olympic medal for Serbia since the 1996 Atlanta Games, when the then Yugoslavia won the silver medal after losing to the US.

The US beat Serbia 94-91 in the preliminary round, but proved it is a different story when the gold medal is on stake on Sunday.

An organised Serbian team produced enough trouble for the US, as they did in the previous encounter, when the lead was exchanged five times and the game was tied four times in the first quarter.

But the solid defence of the Americans shattered the confidence of the Europeans, who were hammered in one-on-one situations. The US used a 24-7 run, initiated by Kevin Durant who scored 18 points in the second quarter, to take a comfortable 43-22 lead.

Serbia, which missed the 2008 and 2012 Games, never found their rhythm of typical team work as the game was more driven by individual excellence.

The US led 52-29 after two quarters, 79-43 after three before they won another one-sided game. The Americans averaged a 22.5-point winning margin in the tournament.

Durant had a game-high 30 points while DeMarcus Cousins had 13 points and 15 rebounds for the US.