Team USA has finally redeemed their title as the best basketball nation in the world, beating Spain 118-107. It was a close game through 40 minutes, truly the best international game I've seen so far. Kobe Bryant was kind of the MVP of this game, he had big plays on both ends down the stretch. It seemed like each team really really wanted it, runs and amazing shots were plentiful in this game. Juan Carlos Navarro had a tremendous game, he was great in Jose Calderon's absence.
In the first, Spain had a five point lead at one point. But team USA stayed resilient and would go on and off of a double digit lead. Rudy Fernandez also was vital for Spain. He looks like a fantastic player, great shooter and showed that if Kobe wants to gamble, he'll throw it down on his head.
The real reason they won was the pace of the game. Fastbreak, fastbreak, fastbreak; that's an easy way to describe this game. Chris Paul scored a layup after only two seconds came off the shot clock. If Spain wanted to win, they should have worked on half court execution, something that slows down the USA offensively.
But really Spain can't be dissapointed in their performance. They gave Team USA the biggest run for their money on the biggest stage. Watching this game, I can also see Rudy Fernandez and Ricky Rubio are carrying the torch for Spain. They are going to help them stay strong on the world scale.
Now it's time for these guys to rest up for the NBA season! More on that as we get closer!