In USA’s run to basketball gold

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his four Olympic ap­pear­ances for the USA, also a men’s record.

“Not un­til you have some time to your­self, you get a chance to re­flect back on this jour­ney start­ing back in 2004 up un­til now ... I don’t think I can ex­plain how I feel right at this mo­ment.”

Still a top NBA scor­ing threat with the Knicks, he fin­ished as the USA’s sec­ond-high­est scorer at the Rio Games with 12.1 points per game, after Du­rant’s 19.4.

His of­fence was crit­i­cal in a group-stage con­test against Aus­tralia – which had four NBA cham­pion play­ers on its ros­ter, and was the first team in Rio to threaten Team USA with an up­set.

But An­thony stepped up with a game-high 30 points against the Aussies, in­clud­ing 14 in the fourth quar­ter to help lock the game down.

He won’t go for a fourth gold, how­ever.

“As much as I’m go­ing to miss it, it’s time to pass it on to some of the guys who were here and some of the younger guys that are com­ing along,” he said.

Du­rant, who is headed to the Golden State War­riors, scored 30 points on a se­ries of high­light-reel plays to force Ser­bia’s sub­mis­sion.

It was also coach Mike Krzyzewski’s last game lead­ing the USA. The Duke Univer­sity coach, a five-time NCAA ti­tle win­ner, will hand over to San An­to­nio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.

He praised An­thony and Du­rant for their long-term com­mit­ment to the USA team.

“It sets the ex­am­ple for a younger gen­er­a­tion in the United States to where now ev­ery­body is proud of USA basketball. It’s not just how they play, but how they acted and how un­selfish they were,” he said. –

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