Culminating a three-year mission to end years of embarrassing international performances, the U.S. men's basketball team survived a huge challenge from Spain to win 118-107 in the gold-medal game Sunday.
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Pau Gasol and Spain were within four points with just over two minutes to go, but the U.S. pulled away and reclaimed the hoops gold medal.
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Kobe Bryant had 20 points and made a couple of key assists late in the game.
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LeBron James and Deron Williams celebrate along with Carlos Boozer.
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Coach Mike Krzyzewski and team USA with their medals -- the first U.S. gold in men's basketball since the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
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Luis Scola of Argentina drives to the hoop against Ksistof Lavrinovic of Lithuania in the bronze medal game. Argentina won 87-75.
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Samuel Kamau Wansiru of Kenya celebrates after setting a new Olympic record in the marathon with a time of two hours, 6.32 minutes.
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Marathon runners pass the portrait of chairman Mao on Tiananmen Square during the final day of the Beijing Games.
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Ryan Millar and the U.S. volleyball team won the gold on Sunday, defeating defending champion Brazil to complete a perfect run through a tournament shadowed by a grisly attack on the in-laws of the team's coach at a Beijing tourist site.
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William Priddy (far left) and the Americans claimed their third gold medal with a 20-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-23 victory in the final. Top-ranked Brazil, a two-time gold medalist, settled for the silver medal.
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Hungary's head coach Denes Kemeny gets thrown into the pool by Norbert Madaras (left), Norbert Hosnyanszky (top) and Gabor Kis after beating the U.S. for gold in water polo.
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Tibor Benedek and Hungary scored three times on counter attacks and also scored with a 6-on-4 advantage.
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