Rio Roundup: Kevin Durant, Team USA dominate Serbia, Americans own 121 medals

Kevin Durant of the United States celebrates after the game against Serbia in the Men's Basketball gold medal game between Serbia and the United States at Carioca Arena 1 at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 21, 2016. The United States defeated Serbia 96-66 to win its third consecutive gold medal. Photo by Matthew Healey/UPI | License Photo

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 21 (UPI) — Sunday did not disappoint as the 2016 Summer Games wrapped up in Rio de Janeiro in Carioca Arena 1.

Mongolian wrestling coaches taking their clothes off in a fit of rage wasn’t the only exciting event.

Team USA closed out the Summer Games in style, by bludgeoning Serbia 96-66 during the gold medal final in men’s basketball.

Kevin Durant gave Golden State Warriors fans goose bumps, showing he still belongs among the NBA’s elite. Durant scored 30 points to lead all scorers, while chipping in four assists, three rebounds, and 2 steals. DeMarcus Cousins dominated on the glass with 15 rebounds. He also scored 13 points. Durant’s Warriors teammate Klay Thompson scored 12 points in the victory.

Nemanja Nedovic scored 14 points to lead Serbia to the silver medal.

Durant scored 24 of his 30 points before the second half. Team USA is on a 76 game winning streak. The Americans pushed a four-point first quarter lead to 23 points by halftime. Team USA led Serbia by 36 points after the third quarter.

Team USA totaled 121 medals at the Summer Games. The Americans won 46 gold medals. Great Britain won the second most gold medals with 27, but China had the second most medals overall, with 70.


Galen Rupp won the first medal for the Americans Sunday, when he scored the bronze prize in the men’s marathon. Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge and Ethiopia’s Feyisa Lilesa won the gold and silver medals at the event.

Team USA’s men’s volleyball team beat Russia 3-2 in the bronze medal match Sunday morning.

In men’s wrestling, Frank Aniello Molinaro fell to Italy’s Frank Chamizo Marquez in the 65-kg bronze medal bout. Kyle Frederick Snyder beat Azerbaijan’s Khetag Goziumov in the men’s 97-kg gold medal match.

In women’s wrestling, Claressa Maria Shields beat the Netherlands’ Nouchka Fontijn for a gold medal in the middle weight 69 to 75-kg final bout.


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