One of the greatest dynasties in Olympic history is looking to extend its dominance.
The United States women’s basketball team is aiming for a seventh consecutive gold medal as it faces Japan in the final at the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo (live now on NBC).
The Americans, who put their 54-game Olympic winning streak on the line against the host country, are led by veteran guards Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi, both of whom are looking to become the first players to win a fifth gold.
Team USA’s last Olympic loss in women’s basketball came in the semifinals of the 1992 Summer Games in Barcelona, a 79-73 defeat to the Unified Team from the former Soviet Union.
Japan, which has never medaled in women’s basketball, is looking to pull off an historic upset.
Here are the top moments from the gold-medal game.
The United States started off fast, jumping out to a quick 16-5 lead.
The 14 points came from all five starters, with the United States showing off its depth and cohesion. Brittney Griner and Taurasi were right in the center of the action.
Japan used its long-range shooting to withstand that early U.S. charge and get back in the game. At the end of the first quarter, the United States led 23-14.
In the second quarter, A’ja Wilson continued to score at the rim for the United States, imposing her will in the paint.
Wilson ended the first half with 10 points, with Griner dominating to the tune of 18 first-half points on 9-for-10 shooting.
The dynamic front-court duo for the United States scored more than half of the team’s 50 points, and guided the Americans to a 50-39 halftime lead.
Japan hit six of 15 3-pointers to keep Team USA from pulling away in the first half.
While Wilson and Griner were the headliners, Team USA got timely contributions from Sue Bird in the third quarter to extend their lead to 19 points.
And it’s safe to say that Bird’s parents were fans of her play in the gold medal game.
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