The Team USA is poised to win the men’s basketball tournament in the 2016 Rio Games— clinching Olympic gold for the third time in a row. But they first must take down Serbia in Rio’s gold medal game on Sunday afternoon at 2:45 p.m. ET.
The American legacy dates back to 1936. Since then, the U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball team has won a record 14 gold medals, along with one silver and two bronze medals. This year, the team is hoping to extend a 17-0 unbeaten streak dating back to the 2004 bronze medal Olympic Games in Athens.
Despite absences from NBA “megastars” LeBron James and Stephen Curry, the American men’s national basketball team easily made it out of the first round of the tournament, crushed Argentina 105-78 in the quarterfinals, and beat rival Spain in the semifinals 82-76.
This year’s powerhouse team is led by NBA All-Stars Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant. Anthony came to Rio despite the urging of NBA friends to stay home and has been playing fierce basketball since the U.S.’s first game 119-62 win over China, with the stats to prove it. On Wednesday, August 10th, he became Team USA’s all-time leading scorer in Olympic play.
The New York Knicks player also has the chance to win his third Olympic gold medal—a feat no American men’s basketball player has ever achieved.
Watch on Sunday at 2:45 pm ET to see if Melo can snag the gold.
How to Watch Team USA Win the 2016 Rio Olympics Gold Medal Basketball Game:
NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app will be live streaming coverage of the Games for pay TV subscribers via TV Everywhere. You can download the NBC Sports app to your Android TV, Apple TV, Xbox or Roku or use the iOS, Android or Windows Phone apps.
You can also live stream Olympic matches from NBC here.