Olympics

Jimmy Butler a gold medalist as US men's basketball team tops Serbia

Olympics

Jimmy Butler is a gold medalist.

The United States men's basketball team routed Serbia in Sunday's gold medal game, 96-66, winning the Olympic basketball tournament for the third consecutive time.

After a close first quarter, the U.S. sprinted away from Serbia with a 33-14 scoring edge in the second quarter and a 44-37 scoring advantage in the second half.

Kevin Durant was the team's leading scorer, dropping 30 points on 10-for-19 shooting with five made 3-pointers. DeMarcus Cousins and Klay Thompson also scored in double figures, with 13 and 12 points, respectively.

Butler scored just two points, going 1-for-3 from the field and adding five rebounds in 14 minutes played. Since active NBA players started playing for Team USA in 1992, Butler is the third active Bulls player to win gold for the U.S., joining Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen.

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Carmelo Anthony became the first American man to ever win four Olympic medals in basketball and the first man to ever win three gold medals in basketball, earning his third gold medal Sunday after winning bronze in 2004, gold in 2008 and gold in 2012.

The U.S. has won 15 of the 19 gold medals handed out in men's basketball. After the team's stunning third-place finish during the Athens Games, U.S. head coach and Chicago native Mike Krzyzewski has led the Americans to three straight golds and has never lost a game in Olympic play.