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HIGHLIGHTS: USA vs Spain – Tokyo Olympics Men’s Basketball Quarterfinals

Martin Mendoza
HIGHLIGHTS: USA vs Spain – Tokyo Olympics Men’s Basketball Quarterfinals

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In a rematch of the 2008 and 2012 Olympic men's basketball finals, Team USA eyes to reassert its mastery over Spain and book its semifinal ticket

The rivalry continues.

After huge back-to-back wins against Iran and Czech Republic in the Tokyo Olympics men’s basketball tournament, Team USA now sets its sights on its highly anticipated knockout quarterfinal against Olympic rivals Spain on Tuesday, August 3.

The Americans, who are coming off a massive 54-point victory against the Iranians and a 35-point win against the Czechs, look to carry the momentum they gained heading into Tuesday’s game as they face a revenge-minded Spain squad, which recently fell to Slovenia, 95-87.

Kevin Durant, the United States’ all-time Olympic scoring leader, will look to sustain his stellar play as he finished with an all-around game of 23 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists against Czech Republic.

Meanwhile, Jayson Tatum, the top scorer of Team USA in the tournament, hopes to put on another high-scoring performance after finishing with 27 points against the Czechs. The Boston Celtics star Tatum is currently averaging 16.7 points on an efficient 50% shooting in his first Olympic appearance.

On the other side, Olympic veteran Ricky Rubio is expected to lay it all once again for Spain as he is currently averaging a team-high 21.3 points, 7.3 assists, and 3.3 rebounds in the tournament.

Fellow veterans Pau and Marc Gasol are also expected to step up big for Spain, which has lost its last three outings against Team USA in the Olympics, including the gold-medal matches in 2008 and 2012.

Game time is 12:40 pm, Philippine time.

– Rappler.com 

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