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This Date in NBA History (Aug. 24): Team USA's 'Redeem Team' defeats Spain in Gold Medal game at Beijing Olympics in 2008

On Aug. 24 in 2008, Team USA defeated Spain 118-107 to win the Gold Medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

Off the bench, Dwyane Wade was the game's top scorer. In 27 minutes, he finished with 27 points, four steals, two assists and two rebounds on a spectacular 9-of-12 shooting from the field. Kobe Bryant - the only NBA Champion (x3) was the next-best scorer with 20, 13 of which came in the fourth quarter.

The duo were two of five Team USA players to score in double figures with LeBron James scoring 14 while Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony combined for 13 apiece. For Spain, six players scored in double figures led by Rudy Fernandez's 22 points while Pau Gasol was a close second with 21.

Although the 11-point margin of defeat seems comfortable, Spain had cut it two with eight minutes left in the game but Bryant's play in the fourth was key to Team USA's victory.

This was Team USA's first gold medal victory at the Olympics in eight years after they had only managed a Bronze in the 2004 Olympics at Athens.

Prior to the gold medal game, in the semifinal, Team USA clinched the game 101-81 over Argentina - the nation that defeated them in the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

Nicknamed the 'Redeem Team', they went an undefeated 8-0 in that tournament and won all their games - including the knockout stages - by an average margin of 27.9 points.

Four years later, at the 2012 Olympics in London, Team USA and Spain would face-off once again for the Gold Medal and yet again, Team came out on top.

The 12-man roster was headlined by three All-NBA First Teamers in Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Chris Paul. Then Utah Jazz teammates Deron Williams (Second Team) and Carlos Boozer (Third Team) were the other All-NBA teamers on the squad.

The total of five was a huge jump from the 2004 squad, which only boasted one in Tim Duncan (2004 All-NBA First Team).

The 2008 Gold Medal was Team USA's 13th since Basketball was included in the Summer Olympics and the first of four straight (2008, 12, 16, 20). Overall, Team USA have won gold in 16 of a possible 20.

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