Olympic Basketball 2016: Men's Gold, Bronze-Medal Games Schedule and Predictions

The United States women beat Spain 101-72 in Rio on Saturday for their sixth consecutive Olympic gold medal.

The only other two countries to win the gold in the women's basketball tournament aside from Team USA are the Soviet Union (1976, 1980) and the Unified Team (1992). The undefeated USA team is winning by an average of 38 points per game, have won by 40 or more points four times out of seven, shoot 11 percent better than the next-best team, and score 24 more points per game.

All of this is to say that if Spain - who the United States has already beaten by 40 points in Rio - wins the gold medal, it'll be the greatest upset in the history of the Olympics. The U.S. will take on Serbia for gold on Sunday at 2:45 p.m.in a rematch of the 2014 FIBA World Cup finale.

It's a young US team with precious little Olympic experience and less glitz than past editions that included LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade among other superstars. The last time the USA failed to win gold came while trying for a third-straight title at the 1992 Barcelona Games, when they lost in the semifinals to the Unified Team from the former Soviet Union and settled for bronze. Spain, meanwhile, is looking to win gold for the very first time. "I don't think they're playing as well as other times they have played", Gasol said. Taurasi, who has tied her own old United States three-point record of five twice and broken it another time when she swished six, only hit three.

The Serbs provided the toughest in a string of tough games for the Americans, the US winning 94-91 when Bogdan Bogdanovic missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Though he's the least deft offensive player on the USA team, center DeAndre Jordan was a fitting star for a ragged spectacle. Crystal balls aside, the drubbing was virtually imminent given the United States defeated Spain 12 days ago, 103-63, thanks to the tandem of Sylvia Fowles and Brittney Griner.

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Gasol, who posted a team-high eight rebounds, didn't get much in the way of support on offense, with only one teammate, Sergio Rodgriguez (11 pts) scoring in double-digits.

Klay Thompson, one half of the Golden State Warriors splash brothers with twice National Basketball Association most valuable player Stephen Curry, broke out of his Olympic scoring funk in a big way, dropping a team high 22 points, while Kevin Durant chipped in with 14.

The U.S. led 26-17 at the end of the first quarter and struggled to push its advantage much beyond that for the rest of the game.

France provided the USA with their toughest test of the tournament but the Americans still walked off the court with a comfortable 19-point win.

Serbia was ready for the stage - it played its best game of the Olympics.

"We've got one game, and that's what we came here for", he said. Goalkeeper Ashleigh Johnson, the first African-American to make the women's national team, was superb with nine saves on 13 shots after being critical of her own level of play during the tournament.

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