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Iguodala gets gold

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LONDON (AP) - Andre Iguodala (UA '04) became the fourth current or former Wildcat to win a medal at the 2012 Summer Olympic games in London when the U.S. men's basketball team defended its Olympic title, holding off stubborn Spain 107-100 on Sunday for the gold medal - just as the Americans did in 2008.

Kevin Durant scored 30 points, LeBron James added 19 for the U.S., which only led by one point after three quarters and was ahead just 97-91 when James drove the lane for a thunderous dunk and followed a miss by Spain with a 3-pointer.

Iguodala played just three minutes in the final and grabbed one rebound. 

The USA's finish gives Arizona its first-ever Olympic gold medal in basketball and its second medal in the sport overall. Richard Jefferson earned a bronze medal for the USA in 2004.

Iguodala joins current and former UA athletes Alyssa Anderson (gold/women's swimming), Brigetta Barrett (silver/women's track & field) and Nick Thoman (silver/men's swimming) as medalist at the London games.

His gold medal also qualifies Iguodala for induction into Arizona's Ring of Honor.

In the final minute, U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski, in his final international game, took out his top stars who came to London determined to keep American basketball on top. When the final horn sounded, Krzyzewski locked James in a tight embrace as Bruce Springsteen's "Born In The USA" rocked the arena.

Pau Gasol scored 24 and Juan-Carlos Navarro had 21 for Spain, which had to settle for silver in the second straight Olympics.

Copyright 2012 Associated Press and Arizona Athletics. All rights reserved.

David Kelly contributed to this story.

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