The Americans just seem to have a way of trying to break down any obstacles, like losing an 18-point third-quarter lead to win gold.
The U.S. basketball team just outscored Spain, 51-35, in the final quarter on Saturday night to give itself a 102-91 victory and win the gold medal in the FIBA World Cup of Basketball.
Then the U.S. team was celebrating with Montrezl Harrell, a Clippers player who is a guard and who has had plenty of experience playing against Spain.
In his second year, Harrell has gone from playing in Russia to playing in the NBA, and he’s already been noticed in the NBA Finals, when he was often the Clippers’ best defender and was the regular culprit when Kevin Durant was looking for shot.
Before the final tipoff in the gold-medal game, the U.S. team took the time to recognize him. Clippers Coach Doc Rivers looked over at Harrell and gave him a big hug.
In the past, members of the U.S. basketball team have never been recognized at international tournaments.
“Obviously for me to get an MVP … I really didn’t even think about winning MVP,” Harrell said. “I know that right there is big for me. I felt a little bit of pressure.”
Here are more things to know from Saturday night: