2012 Dream Team in Action

Check out the 2012 men's Olympic basketball team in action.

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(From L) US centre Anthony Davis, US guard Chris Paul, US guard Russell Westbrook and US gard James Harden celebrate after winning the London 2012 Olympic Games men's gold medal basketball game between USA and Spain at the North Greenwich Arena in London on August 12, 2012. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU (Photo credit should read MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/GettyImages)
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The players and coaching staff of the Team USA men's basketball team celebrate with their gold medals after defeating Spain 107-100. The men's basketball team captured gold for a consecutive time on the 20th anniversary of the original "Dream Team" back in the 1992 Barcelona games. Click to see more photos of Team USA's journey to the gold.
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Gold medalist Kobe Bryant of the United States celebrates on the podium for the medal ceremony of the men's basketball final. Kobe is now a two-time gold medalist after winning with Team USA in Beijing. Kobe has said that the London games would be his last appearance in the Olympics.
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Chris Paul of the U.S. poses with his 2012 and 2008 Olympic medals. After a disappointing bronze medal finish in Athens 2004, the 2008 basketball team was nicknamed "The Redeem Team" and went on to win gold in Beijing. Team USA defended their title in London by being undefeated throughout the games.
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Anthony Davis, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden wave American flags after their victory over Spain in the men's basketball final. The team would win 107-100 over a Spanish team that came out fearless and energetic.
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Kevin Durant and teammate LeBron James of the United States celebrate their gold-medal win against Spain at the London 2012 Olympics Games. While Team USA were heavily favored to win, Spain put up a good fight, losing ground in the final minutes of the game. The final score was 107-100.
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United States' Kobe Bryant tries to drive on Spain's Sergio Llull during the men's gold medal basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
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Spain's Pau Gasol shoots over LeBron James during the gold-medal game against Spain. The first half of the game was marked by numerous fouls from both teams, and while the Americans were strongly favored to win, they had only a one-point lead (59-58) at halftime.
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Team USA's Kevin Love grabs a rebound in front of Spain's Pau Gasol. The winner of this game—on the final day of the London 2012 Olympics—will bring home gold.
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Argentinian forward Luis Scola challenges Kobe Bryant in the USA v Argentina men's basketball semifinal match on Day 14 of the London 2012 Olympic Games. The 2012 Dream Team won 109-83, and will face Spain next in Sunday's gold medal game. Click to see more pictures of the 2012 Dream Team.
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Argentinian forward Luis Scola goes after center Tyson Chandler during the men's semifinal basketball game between Argentina and the U.S.
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Kevin Durant dunks the ball in the first quarter of the semifinal game against Argentina.
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LeBron James goes up for a shot against Aron Baynes of Australia during the men's basketball quaterfinal game. The Dream Team beat Australia 119-86.
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Kobe Bryant is knocked off his feet during the quarterfinal game against Australia.
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USA's Tyson Chandler slams a dunk against Australia's David Andersen, helping his team advance toward victory.
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Lebron James drives to the basket against Australia.
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Kobe Bryant and teammate Kevin Durant flaunt Bryant's successful three-pointer in the second half against Australia.
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Russell Westbrook of the U.S. dunks the ball over Juan Gutierrez of Argentina during the men's basketball preliminary round match.nTeam USA defeated Argentina 163-97 and advanced to play Australia in the quarterfinals.
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Team USA dominated Argentina. In a vicious third quarter they outscored their opponents 41-1. Kevin Durant led the U.S. with 28 points.
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LeBron James scored 18 points but spent most of the second half on the bench with four fouls.
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Despite the win, the U.S. wasn't particularly error-free with the ball, committing eight turnovers in the game. But Argentina's 15 turnovers and lack of offensive rebounding kept the U.S. ahead.
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USA's LeBron James drives to the basket against Lithuania's Martynas Pocius during a men's basketball game on Day 7 of the 2012 Summer Olympics.
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Lithuanian guard Sarunas Jasikevicius (#13), in his fourth Olympic appearance, challenges U.S. forward Carmelo Anthony. Lithuania took a surprising but brief fourth quarter lead over the U.S., nearly pulling off an upset before ...
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... LeBron James took control of the game, scoring nine points in the final four minutes to lead his team to a 99-94 victory.
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The United States' Russell Westbrook dunks against Nigeria's Richard Oruche in the first half during the men's basketball preliminary round game. Team USA trounced Nigeria 156-73, breaking the Olympic record for most points in a game, with 4:37 still on the clock.
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USA's Chris Paul drives to the basket past Nigeria's Tony Skinn, right, and Ike Diogu during a men's preliminary round basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Team USA would put on a shooting clinic against Nigeria, with multiple players scoring in double digits.
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USA's Deron Williams, Anthony Davis and Kevin Love share a laugh during a preliminary men's basketball game against Nigeria at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
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LeBron James jokes with teammate Kevin Durant as they sit on the bench during the game against Tunisia.
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After France, Team USA went up against Tunisia, who took a surprising lead over the 2012 Dream Team late in the first quarter.
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However USA dominated the rest of the game with rebound after rebound and dunk after dunk to end the game 110-63. Here LeBron James dunks over Tunisia's Mohamed Hadidane.
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Carmelo Anthony doesn't want to repeat USA's 2004 loss. “We talk about that a lot, myself and LeBron. We don’t want to have that feeling again,” he said.
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Kevin Durant makes his Olympic debut in London, and expectations are high. He set a number of U.S. scoring records in his first appearance with Team USA at the 2010 World Championships, meaning the Olympic records are well within range.
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Russell Westbrook's role on the team has been compared to previous Olympic team member Dwyane Wade. As a great defender with stellar athleticism, he could become the key player that Wade was.
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As NBA's Sixth Man of the Year, James Harden's shooting prowess off the bench is a useful weapon in tight games. Fun Fact: A diehard fan recently got Harden's bearded face tattooed on his arm.
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Kobe Bryant moves the ball against Tony Parker of France. Parker predicted a difficult game for his team, stating "They're going to be very, very tough to beat," before France's defeat.
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U.S. forward Carmelo Anthony reacts after shooting while being challenged by French forward Boris Diaw. Anthony got nine rebounds during the Olympic opener.
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Kevin Love first suited up for Team USA at the 2010 World Championships. After putting up 26.0 points and 13.3 rebounds a game during the 2011-12 NBA season, in which he also won the 3-point contest during All-Star Weekend, he should see more playing time for the 2012 Olympic team.
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Deron Williams passes the ball against Kevin Seraphin of France. Williams scored only three points on Sunday, which could be attributed to his complaint of slippery basketballs at the Olympics.
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Bryant said this year's team has a "bunch of racehorses, players who are incredibly athletic, while the Dream Team consisted mainly of players at the tail end of their careers."
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Kevin Love's grit and ability to get under his opponents skin makes him difficult to play against. Love scored 14 points in 14 minutes during the Olympic opener against France.
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Kobe Bryant and Lebron James smile while on the bench before defeating France.
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LeBron James high fives teammate Kobe Bryant. The two superstar ball players will likely pave the way to USA victory.
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Chris Paul agrees, “We’ve been waiting for this for four years,” Paul said. “I still remember the locker room after the gold-medal game like it was yesterday. I can remember all of us in there yelling and talking, saying we’re going to do this again in four years. And it’s finally here.”
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Deron Williams is one of the best passers in the NBA, but when asked about the ball and rims in London, he explained, “Both are very different. If you hit any part of the rim, it’s coming out.The ball is the same size, but we’re playing with new ones, so they’re slippery."
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Will First Lady Michelle Obama be the team's lucky charm? Kobe certainly thinks so. "It's a huge honor playing for your country," he said. "Playing for the Lakers is obviously pretty cool, but when you play for the USA and you have people like the first lady showing up to your games, that's pretty awesome."
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LeBron James has millions of fans and nearly as many critics, but he's unquestionably one of the greatest basketball players of all time. London marks his third Olympics, and after picking up bronze in Athens, James led the "Redeem Team" to gold in Beijing.
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Kevin Durant, Chris Paul and Kobe Bryant make up a significant chunk of the team's offense as they are always in sync on court like 1992's offense.
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The iconic 1992 Dream Team was led by Michael Jordan and included 11 future hall of famers. That team won its six Olympic games by an average of more than 43 points before claiming the gold medal in Barcelona.
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Kobe Bryant is known for his competitive fire. He turned up the heat when he told reporters this year's Team USA could win against the '92 Dream Team if they faced each other in their primes.
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The Dream Team was the nickname given to the 1992 U.S. National Team that won the gold medal in men's basketball at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. The team was the first U.S. national team to feature NBA players.
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