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Team USA tops Spain, Davis becomes youngest American to win gold

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Consensus national player of the year. Final Four Most Outstanding Player. National champion. No. 1 overall pick in NBA Draft. Olympic champion.

For most players, that list of accomplishments would make for a solid career for a normal player. For Anthony Davis, that list makes for a five-month stretch he won't soon forget.

On Sunday, Team USA defeated Spain 107-100 in the final game of the 2012 Olympic basketball tournament, making Davis the youngest American to win basketball gold in Olympic history. The Spaniards hung around, trailing by just one heading into the fourth quarter, but LeBron James (19 points), Kevin Durant (30 points), Kobe Bryant (17 points) and Chris Paul 12 points) came up with clutch plays to help the Americans pull away.

Holding a double-digit lead, Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski called for Davis to enter the game with 37 seconds remaining. Spain made things interesting in cutting the lead to six, but Davis pulled down the final missed 3-pointer and dribbled out the clock, touching off a celebration with plenty of American flags. Davis finished the tournament with 53 minutes, 26 points, 19 rebounds and three blocks in playing seven of Team USA's eight games.

When he stepped on the podium and had the medal placed around his neck, Davis became the 10th Wildcat to win gold. He joins Tayshaun Prince (2008), Sam Bowie (1980), Adrian Smith (1960), Billy Evans (1956), Ken Rollins (1948), Wallace Jones (1948), Alex Groza (1948), Ralph Beard (1948) and Cliff Barker (1948).

It's the second year in a row a UK player has won gold and, with the level of talent going from Lexington to the NBA these days, there could be more than one come 2016. Who knows, maybe Davis will be making a run at the NBA champion-NBA MVP-gold medal trifecta that James just pulled off this year.

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