LONDON (AP) This was no Dream Team. This was reality.
The gold medal was in doubt for the U.S. men's basketball team.
The Americans led Spain by only one point after three quarters, a back-and-forth, impossible-to-turn-away-from game that almost anyone would hope for in an Olympic final.
Marked by American dominance in its early going, Olympic basketball is in the midst of a new era of parity as the sport has overtaken the globe. From its Berlin debut in 1936 to the United States' return to the top in Beijing - with a controversial gold-medal finale and dominating Dream Team in between - trace the history of hoops at the Summer Games with a look at the differences between the international and NBA game, and a slideshow of U.S. roster hopefuls.