An ode to beautiful basketball it was not.
With a trip to the gold-medal game on the line and its most familiar international opponent in the way, the U.S. men's basketball team shot as poorly as it had all tournament. Carmelo Anthony, the leading Olympic scorer in U.S. history, hit just two of 11 shots and two of five free throws.
But the undefeated Americans rode a rugged defensive effort and 22 points from Klay Thompson to beat Spain 82-76 and earn a place in Sunday afternoon's Olympic final against either Serbia or Australia.
"What I would say is that it was a very hard game," U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "It wasn't easy flowing. … It was...