After falling to France in the opening game of group play, Holiday, LaVine and the U.S. men turned the tide, topping the French 87-82 in the Gold Medal Game.
Holiday, a first-time Olympian and coming off an NBA Championship with the Milwaukee Bucks, scored in double figures to help the Americans win their fourth straight Olympic gold, something the U.S. hasn’t done in more than 50 years.
LaVine, also making his Olympic debut, was influential throughout the tournament for the Americans, even throwing in a celebratory between-the-legs slam after the final buzzer to cap off a satisfying golden campaign.
On the women’s side, things were much less dramatic, as Diggins-Smith helped the U.S. to their seventh consecutive gold, easily topping host-country Japan 90-75.
Already one of the greatest women’s basketball players of all time, Diggins-Smith gets to add Olympic Gold Medalist to her endless resume.
We also can’t forget about #DrDishFam member Luka Doncic, who not only led Slovenia to their first ever Olympics, but had his home country playing for a bronze medal before ultimately falling to Australia.