The U.S. men’s basketball team took a bumpy road to the final of the Olympic tournament, but the Americans are heading home with the gold medal.
Team USA defeated France 87-82 on Friday night to capture its fourth consecutive gold medal behind another brilliant performance from Kevin Durant. The future Hall of Famer scored a game-high 29 points on 9-of-18 shooting in the victory, ending the tournament as USA Basketball’s all-time leader in points, free throws and 3-pointers.
“It’s winning time. It’s one game or you go home. It’s no series,” Durant told NBC’s Maria Taylor during his postgame interview. “So I’ve got to give my all every second I’m out there. I prepare the right way, so I’ve just got to go out there and trust that work.”
Evan Fournier and Rudy Gobert each scored 16 points in the loss. France came up just short in its quest for gold, but it earned its first silver medal since 2000.
Sporting News provided live updates and highlights from the U.S. men’s basketball team’s Olympic game against France. Check out all the highlights you missed right here.
USA vs. France basketball score
USA vs. France live updates, highlights from 2021 Olympic gold-medal game
(All times Eastern)
Final: USA 87, France 82
12:25 a.m. — Kevin Durant hits two free throws, and Nicolas Batum misses a desperation 3-pointer. It’s over. Team USA wins the gold medal.
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.|