No one can accuse the Boomers of succumbing to the hype that the U.S. basketball squad was unbeatable after they pushed the Americans to the brink when the two squads met at Rio 2016.
There was a 10-point deficit at the end of a 98 – 88 final score, but the Aussies took a lead into the final quarter that required a maximal effort by the U.S. at the end on the part of veteran Carmelo Anthony and Australian born Kyrie Irving, with the two combining to score all of the U.S. points in the final quarter.
Anthony tallied 31 for the game, which moved him into the all-time Olympic scoring lead for the U.S. He was able to take the lead over LeBron James, who elected to sit out the Olympics.
Andrew Bogut scored 15 points for the Boomers, but it was Patty Mills who rose to the occasion with 30.
Irving was the one to slip the dagger between the shoulder blades of the Aussies with a three-pointer with 1:35 left in the game when the Boomers trailed by only four points.
With under 30 seconds remaining in the game, it was still an undecided outcome until the Americans scored their final five points on free throws as the Aussies fought desperately to close the gap.