Kevin Durant demands gold push as USA edge out Rubio-led Spain in quarters
Kevin Durant said Team USA have “got to finish it” after battling past Spain to reach the Olympic semi-finals. The Brooklyn Nets star poured in a team-high 29 points as the United States won 95-81 at the Saitama Super Arena, bolstering their gold medal hopes.
It was far from an easy assignment, and nor was it always entirely convincing from the US team, who trailed 39-29 with 3:25 of the second quarter remaining. They rallied impressively, however, to draw level at 43-43 at the halfway point, and Spain never led again.
“We started making shots there in the second quarter. Once we see that ball going into the rim, that put all of us at ease,” Durant said.
“Our defence was a little better, a little tighter, we rebounded better after that. And guys just got more comfortable shooting the basketball.
“We drove it to the rim at the end of that second and were able to get our rhythm back a little bit. I like how we played in that second quarter, from the end of the second quarter all the way to finish the game, and that’s how we’re gonna need to play going forward.
“It was a huge boost. We didn’t want to go into the half down double digits. We knew we didn’t want to get down big against this team.” (Perfoem)