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To win the gold medal, the U.S. men’s basketball team will have to remove the only opponent who has managed to afford the Americans a loss at this year’s Olympic tournament.

The USA team will face France in the return match of the opening match of the group game on Friday. Evan Fournier led France in that competition, scoring 28 points by shooting 11 of 22 in an 83-76 victory.

After that disappointing performance, the US team ran through Iran, the Czech Republic, Spain and Australia to the finals. The Americans now share one win from their fourth consecutive gold medal, but they know this will be their toughest test so far.

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Basketball result USA – France

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
USA 22 22 27 16 87
France 18 21 24 19 82

Live updates against the US and France, summaries from the 2021 Gold Medal Olympics

(All times east)

Finals: USA 87, France 82

12:25 – Kevin Durant hits two free throws and Nicolas Batum misses a desperate triple. It is over. The US team wins a gold medal.

12:20 – After two missed free throws and a brutal reversal by the USA team, France found themselves with three fewer. The USA team is in possession of the ball with 10.2 seconds on the clock.

12:15 – USA 84, France 78. Only 31.3 seconds left. Can Americans stand it?

12:10 – Is Jrue Holiday making a great defensive game? Yes, we have already seen that.

12:05 – Nicolas Batum’s pass reduced Team USA’s lead to six. Less than seven minutes to the fourth quarter.

End of third quarter: USA 71, France 63

23:55 – The U.S. team did a great job in the third quarter creating turnarounds and coming out in transition. France, however, is still hanging around.

23:50 – Oh my. Kevin Durant almost put Rudy Gobert on the poster.

23:45 – “I’m Kevin Durant. You know who I am.”

23:40 – Damian Lillard opens the second half with a nice assist by Bam Adebayo and a triple.

Half time: USA 44, France 39

23:20 – For the first two quarters it was the KD and Tatum show. All-star strikers together for 32 of the first 44 points of the US team. Rudy Gobert was the beast of France with 13 points and seven rebounds.

23:10 – Jrue Holiday leaves the pitch being substituted by a second foul. This could be a good opportunity for France to attack the guards of the US team and reduce the deficit.

23:05 – Bam Adebayo finds Kevin Durant in the back for an easier dunk. France currently has no answer for Durant.

23:00 – Moustapha Fall is a giant human being. Stay here for a deeper analysis!

22:55 – Jayson Tatum offensively starts to find a rhythm.

End of first quarter: USA 22, France 18

22:50 – The US team finished the quarter with a 16-6 run. Nice response from Americans after an early lag.

22:45 – Unsurprisingly, Kevin Durant was the main source of attack for the US team. He has nine points in shooting 4 out of 7.

22:40 – France took a 10-4 lead in the middle of the first quarter. The U.S. team missed its first seven attempts by 3 points.

22:30 – Beginners of each team …

  • USA: Damian Lillard, Jrue Holiday, Devin Booker, Kevin Durant, Bam Adebayo
  • France: Nando de Colo, Evan Fournier, Nicolas Batum, Guerschon Yabusele, Rudy Gobert

What time does the USA start against France today?

  • Time: 22:30 ET | 19:30 PT

The 2021 Men’s Basketball Gold Medal Olympics between the United States and France are set to begin at 10:30 p.m. Slovenia and Australia will play for the bronze medal on Saturday starting at 7am Eastern Time.

How to watch American Olympic basketball games

  • TV channel: NBC
  • Live Streaming: NBCOlympics.com, Peacock, fuboTV

The U.S.-France basketball game for the gold medal in men’s basketball will be broadcast live on NBC on Friday, August 6th. The game will also be shown on NBCOlympics.com and Peacock Premium, NBC’s streaming service, which requires a $ 4.99 per month watch subscription.

You can also broadcast the US game against France live via fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.

2021 Men’s Olympic Basketball Schedule

(All times east)

August 6

Game Time
USA v. France 10:30 p.m.

August 7

Game Time
Slovenia v. Australia 7 in the morning


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