The U.S. men's basketball team will play Serbia on Sunday for the gold medal. It's a rematch of the Americans' 94-91 victory during pool play.
It's also a rematch of the 2014 Basketball World Cup final, and that one was close, too.
For about five minutes, anyway.
Serbia led 15-7 before the Americans responded with a 15-0 burst. They ripped off another big run later in the first quarter, poured it on in the second, and romped to a 129-92 victory to finish a tournament where they won by 33 points per game.
United States' players and team members celebrate after winning the final World Basketball match between the United States and Serbia at the Palacio de los Deportes stadium in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
‘‘I think the results were dominant,’’ US coach Mike Krzyzewski said after the game. ‘‘And we had tough games and then all of a sudden we’d have a spurt and it looked like we dominated. Tonight we had like about a 35-minute spurt.’’
Here's a little of what it looked like.
The Serbs insist they will be better this time.
"Two years ago in Spain we get into the game not mentally ready," captain Milos Teodosic said. "We were too much happy that we reached the final and we had that experience and we cannot allow that to repeat."