In order to capture the gold medal, the U.S. men’s basketball team will have to take down the only opponent that has managed to hand the Americans a loss in this year’s Olympic tournament.
Team USA will face France on Friday in a rematch of the opening game of the group-play stage. Evan Fournier led the way for France in that contest, scoring 28 points on 11-of-22 shooting in an 83-76 victory.
After that disappointing performance, Team USA ran through Iran, the Czech Republic, Spain and Australia to reach the finals. The Americans are now one win away from a fourth straight gold medal, but they know this will be their toughest test to date.
Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights from United States vs. France in the 2021 Olympic men’s basketball finals. Follow along right here.
USA vs. France basketball score
USA vs. France live updates, highlights from 2021 Olympic gold-medal game
(All times Eastern)
12:20 a.m. — After two missed free throws and a brutal turnover by Team USA, France finds itself down three. Team USA has possession of the ball with 10.2 seconds on the clock.
12:15 a.m. — USA 84, France 78. Only 31.3 seconds left. Can the Americans hold on?
12:10 a.m. — Jrue Holiday making a huge defensive play? Yep, we’ve seen that before.
12:05 a.m. — A Nicolas Batum layup cuts Team USA’s lead to six. Less than seven minutes to go in the fourth quarter.
End of third quarter: USA 71, France 63
11:55 p.m. — Team USA did a great job in the third quarter creating turnovers and getting out in transition. France is still hanging around, though.
11:50 p.m. — Oh my. Kevin Durant nearly put Rudy Gobert on a poster.
11:45 p.m. — “I’m Kevin Durant. You know who I am.”
11:40 p.m. — Damian Lillard opens the second half with a nice assist to Bam Adebayo and a 3-pointer.
Halftime: USA 44, France 39
11:20 p.m. — Through the first two quarters, it has been the KD and Tatum show. The All-Star forwards combined for 32 of Team USA’s first 44 points. Rudy Gobert has been a beast inside for France with 13 points and seven rebounds.
11:10 p.m. — Jrue Holiday exits the game after picking up his second foul. This could be a good opportunity for France to attack Team USA’s guards and chop down the deficit.
11:05 p.m. — Bam Adebayo finds Kevin Durant on the backdoor cut for the easy dunk. France has no answer for Durant right now.
11 p.m. — Moustapha Fall is a giant human being. Stay here for more in-depth analysis!
10:55 p.m. — Jayson Tatum is starting to find a rhythm offensively.
End of first quarter: USA 22, France 18
10:50 p.m. — Team USA ends the quarter on a 16-6 run. A nice response by the Americans after falling behind early.
10:45 p.m. — To no one’s surprise, Kevin Durant has been Team USA’s main source of offense. He’s got nine points on 4-of-7 shooting.
10:40 p.m. — France jumps out to a 10-4 lead halfway through the first quarter. Team USA has missed its first seven 3-point attempts.
10:30 p.m. — The starters for each team…
- USA: Damian Lillard, Jrue Holiday, Devin Booker, Kevin Durant, Bam Adebayo
- France: Nando de Colo, Evan Fournier, Nicolas Batum, Guerschon Yabusele, Rudy Gobert
What time does USA vs. France start today?
- Time: 10:30 p.m. ET | 7:30 p.m. PT
The 2021 Olympic men’s basketball gold-medal game between the United States and France is scheduled to start at 10:30 p.m. ET. Slovenia and Australia will play for the bronze medal on Saturday starting at 7 a.m. ET.
How to watch USA Olympic basketball games
- TV channel: NBC
- Live stream: NBCOlympics.com, Peacock, fuboTV
The USA vs. France men’s basketball gold-medal game will be broadcast live on NBC on Friday, Aug. 6. The game will also be shown on NBCOlympics.com and Peacock Premium, NBC’s streaming service, which requires a $4.99/month subscription to watch.
You can also stream the USA vs. France game live with fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.
Men’s Olympic basketball schedule 2021
(All times Eastern)
|USA vs. France||10:30 p.m.|
|Slovenia vs. Australia||7 a.m.|