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    Durant leads U.S. men to gold medal with 87-82 win over France

    Saitama, Japan  — Nothing about the summer was easy for the U.S. men’s basketball team, and neither was the gold-medal game.

    The Americans expected nothing less.

    And in the end, their Olympic reign continues.

    Kevin Durant scored 29 points and joined Carmelo Anthony as the only three-time men’s gold medalists in Olympic history and the U.S. held off France 87-82 on Saturday to win the title at the Tokyo Games — ending a summer that started with sputters but closed with celebration.

    Durant sealed it with two free throws with 8.8 seconds left, making the outcome academic. The lead was five, France’s final possession was irrelevant, and it was over. The U.S. players gathered for a hug at midcourt, Durant, Bam Adebayo and Draymond Green wrapped themselves in American flags, and the journey was complete.

    Jayson Tatum finished with 19 points, Damian Lillard and Jrue Holiday each scored 11 for the U.S.

    France's Nando de Colo (12), left, drives past United States' Devin Booker (15), right, during men's basketball gold medal game at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday in Saitama, Japan.

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