LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant London 2012 Olympics: USA wins basketball gold

LONDON (CNN) -- Led by Kevin Durant's 30 points, the United States men's basketball team fought off a stiff challenge from Spain to win the gold medal 107-100 on Sunday as the London Olympics neared its close.

With the closing ceremony just hours away, the Americans defended their title won four years ago in Beijing, also against Spain.

"This game was fun. It was a challenge, but we stepped up to it," Kobe Bryant told NBC, an official broadcaster of the Games.

LeBron James had 19 points and Bryant scored 17 for the Americans, who led by only one point after the third quarter.

The United States has an Olympics-best 45 gold medals and a leading 103 medals overall.

Russia narrowly edged out Argentina for the bronze.

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