Olympics: US NBA stars beat Spain to reach Rio final

Klay Thompson (centre) of the US in action during the men's basketball semi final against Spain.
Klay Thompson (centre) of the US in action during the men's basketball semi final against Spain.PHOTO: EPA

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - Two-time defending champion United States, led by National Basketball Association star Klay Thompson's 22 points, advanced to the Rio Olympics gold medal game by defeating Spain 82-76 on Friday.

The Americans will play for the title on Sunday against the winner of a later semi-final between Australia and Serbia.

The US team captured its 24th consecutive Olympic victory and stretched its 10-year overall win streak to 75 games since a 2006 World Championships semi-final loss to Greece.