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Team USA Wins Olympic Gold Medal; Deron Williams Joins Elite Groups, Becomes First Net To Ever Win Gold

Deron Williams - 2Chainz
Deron Williams - 2Chainz

Team USA, led by the NBA's two best in LeBron James and Kevin Durant, won the gold medal in the London Olympics, giving Deron Williams his second and putting him in an elite group of 15 players who have more than one and in an even more elite group of eight, all Americans, who've won back-to-back golds.

The Americans won 107-100, with Durant scoring a game high 30 and James dominating the fourth quarter, finishing with 19. Williams played 10 minutes, scoring six points on 2-for-2 shooting from deep and handed out a spectacular assist to Kevin Love early. The win put him in the elite of Olympic mens' basketball history. Williams also becomes the first Net to win an Olympic gold.

Williams, James, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul join Karl Malone, John Stockton and Charles Barkley as the only Olympians to win back-to-back gold medals. The five also join 10 others, all Americans who've won two Olympic golds in any order. It's an elite group: Malone, Barkley, Stockton, Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, Chis Mullin, David Robinson, Scottie Pippen, Gary Payton, and Jason Kidd.

Before today's win, only two Nets have won medals in the Olympics: Richard Jefferson won a bronze in 2004 and Drazen Petrovic won a silver in 1992 for Croatia. Jeff Turner, a member of the 1984 gold medal-winning team, had been drafted by the Nets prior to the Olympics, but had not yet played for New Jersey.