USA vs. Spain score, results: Team USA survives Ricky Rubio’s scoring outburst, advances to semifinals
Despite Ricky Rubio’s best efforts, the U.S. men’s basketball team once again ended Spain’s dreams of capturing the gold medal.
Team USA defeated Spain 95-81 in the quarterfinals of the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday, ending Spain’s Olympic run for the fifth consecutive time. Rubio was spectacular in the loss, scoring a game-high 38 points on 13-of-20 shooting, but his teammates combined to go just 16 of 44 from the field.
Kevin Durant led the Americans with 29 points in 31 minutes, but he got plenty of help. Four other players (Jrue Holiday, Zach LaVine, Damian Lillard and Jayson Tatum) hit double-digits in the scoring department, and Team USA shot 48 percent from the field overall with 28 assists.
Gregg Popovich’s squad will next face the winner of the Australia-Argentina game in the semifinals.
Sporting News provided live updates and highlights from the U.S. men’s basketball team’s Olympic game against Spain. Check out all the highlights you missed right here.
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(All times Eastern)
2:25 a.m. — Team USA holds off Spain to advance to the semifinals. Kevin Durant finishes with a team-high 29 points in the win.
2:20 a.m. — Is this the best performance of Ricky Rubio’s career? It sure feels like it.
2:10 a.m. — Jayson Tatum with some big buckets down the stretch.
2:05 a.m. — Kevin Durant and Ricky Rubio are both on the bench to start the fourth quarter. It will be interesting to see how long their coaches wait to insert them back into the game.
2 a.m. — Spain finishes the quarter on an 11-2 run to stay within striking distance. Ricky Rubio has 27 of his team’s 63 points.
1:55 a.m. — The shots are finally falling, and Team USA is rolling.
1:45 a.m. — Do. Not. Help. Off. Kevin. Durant.
1:40 a.m. — Ricky Rubio turns into Dikembe Mutombo and rejects Bam Adebayo at the rim. Uh, what?
1:25 a.m. — After trailing by 10 points late in the second quarter, Team USA storms back to tie the game.
1:20 a.m. — There is no defense for this shot. Kevin Durant is ridiculous.
1:15 a.m. — Sergio Rodriguez is cooking. He’s got 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting.
1:10 a.m. — A brutal offensive start for Team USA. The Americans have missed 12 of their first 15 3-point attempts.
1:05 a.m. — An impressive block here by Usman Garuba, whom the Rockets selected at Thursday’s NBA Draft.
12:55 a.m. — Ricky Rubio is on fire. He’s got 13 of Spain’s 17 points.
12:50 a.m. — Spain rolls out the red carpet for Kevin Durant.
12:45 a.m. — Damian Lillard pulls up in rhythm and drills the 3-pointer.
12:40 a.m. — The starters for each team…
The USA vs. Spain men’s basketball game won’t be broadcast live on cable television. Peacock, NBC’s streaming service, is the only place to watch the live action at 12:40 a.m. ET on Tuesday. NBCSN is scheduled to air a replay of the 2021 Olympic quarterfinals at 10:45 p.m. ET on Tuesday.
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