Despite Ricky Rubio’s best efforts, the U.S. men’s basketball team once again ended Spain’s dreams of capturing the gold medal.
Team USA defeated Spain 95-81 in the quarterfinals of the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday, ending Spain’s Olympic run for the fifth consecutive time. Rubio was spectacular in the loss, scoring a game-high 38 points on 13-of-20 shooting, but his teammates combined to go just 16 of 44 from the field.
With 95-81 win, USA men’s basketball has now ended Spain’s gold medal hopes in the past five Olympics.
– 2020 quarterfinals
– 2016 semifinals
– 2012 finals
– 2008 finals
– 2004 quarterfinals
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) August 3, 2021
Kevin Durant led the Americans with 29 points in 31 minutes, but he got plenty of help. Four other players (Jrue Holiday, Zach LaVine, Damian Lillard and Jayson Tatum) hit double-digits in the scoring department, and Team USA shot 48 percent from the field overall with 28 assists.
Gregg Popovich’s squad will next face the winner of the Australia-Argentina game in the semifinals.
Sporting News provided live updates and highlights from the U.S. men’s basketball team’s Olympic game against Spain. Check out all the highlights you missed right here.
USA vs. Spain score
USA vs. Spain live updates, highlights from 2021 Olympics
(All times Eastern)
Final: USA 95, Spain 81
2:25 a.m. — Team USA holds off Spain to advance to the semifinals. Kevin Durant finishes with a team-high 29 points in the win.
2:20 a.m. — Is this the best performance of Ricky Rubio’s career? It sure feels like it.
2:10 a.m. — Jayson Tatum with some big buckets down the stretch.
2:05 a.m. — Kevin Durant and Ricky Rubio are both on the bench to start the fourth quarter. It will be interesting to see how long their coaches wait to insert them back into the game.
End of third quarter: USA 69, Spain 63
2 a.m. — Spain finishes the quarter on an 11-2 run to stay within striking distance. Ricky Rubio has 27 of his team’s 63 points.
1:55 a.m. — The shots are finally falling, and Team USA is rolling.
1:45 a.m. — Do. Not. Help. Off. Kevin. Durant.
1:40 a.m. — Ricky Rubio turns into Dikembe Mutombo and rejects Bam Adebayo at the rim. Uh, what?
Halftime: Spain 43, USA 43
1:25 a.m. — After trailing by 10 points late in the second quarter, Team USA storms back to tie the game.
1:20 a.m. — There is no defense for this shot. Kevin Durant is ridiculous.
1:15 a.m. — Sergio Rodriguez is cooking. He’s got 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting.
1:10 a.m. — A brutal offensive start for Team USA. The Americans have missed 12 of their first 15 3-point attempts.
1:05 a.m. — An impressive block here by Usman Garuba, whom the Rockets selected at Thursday’s NBA Draft.
End of first quarter: Spain 21, USA 19
12:55 a.m. — Ricky Rubio is on fire. He’s got 13 of Spain’s 17 points.
12:50 a.m. — Spain rolls out the red carpet for Kevin Durant.
12:45 a.m. — Damian Lillard pulls up in rhythm and drills the 3-pointer.
12:40 a.m. — The starters for each team…
- USA: Damian Lillard, Jrue Holiday, Devin Booker, Kevin Durant, Bam Adebayo
- Spain: Ricky Rubio, Rudy Fernandez, Victor Claver, Marc Gasol, Alberto Abalde
How to watch USA Olympic basketball games
- Time: 12:40 a.m. ET | 9:40 p.m. PT
- TV channel: N/A live on cable
- Live stream: Peacock
The USA vs. Spain men’s basketball game won’t be broadcast live on cable television. Peacock, NBC’s streaming service, is the only place to watch the live action at 12:40 a.m. ET on Tuesday. NBCSN is scheduled to air a replay of the 2021 Olympic quarterfinals at 10:45 p.m. ET on Tuesday.
Men’s Olympic basketball schedule 2021
|Spain vs. United States||12:40 a.m.|
|Italy vs. France||4:20 a.m.|
|Argentina vs. Australia||8 a.m.|
|Gold-medal game||10:30 p.m.|
|Bronze-medal game||7 a.m.|