Gone was the all-offense, all-action play that turned the last two gold-medal games into classics.
To get by Spain again, the U.S. Olympic men's basketball team would have to win ugly, so unusual it's practically un-American.
"It was just a real different game today," coach Mike Krzyzewski said.
Same result, though.
The U.S. advanced to its third straight gold-medal game win an 82-76 victory Friday, another tight matchup between the teams that met in the last two championship games.
Klay Thompson scored 22 points for the Americans, who will play Serbia on Sunday for their third consecutive Olympic title. Serbia beat Australia 87-61 in the...