USA vs. Spain live score, updates, highlights from 2021 Olympic men’s basketball quarterfinals


The U.S. men’s basketball team will face a familiar foe in its next Olympic contest.

After finishing 2-1 in the group stage, Team USA will take on Spain in what should be an entertaining quarterfinal matchup. The Americans have played against Spain in each of the past three Olympic Games, including battles for the gold medal in 2008 and 2012.

Which international powerhouse will emerge victorious this time? 

Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights from the United States vs. Spain men’s basketball game at the 2021 Olympics. Follow along right here.

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USA vs. Spain score

Quarterfinals Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
USA 19 24 26 26 95
Spain 21 22 20 18 81

USA vs. Spain live updates, highlights from 2021 Olympics

(All times Eastern)

Final: USA 95, Spain 81

2:25 a.m. — Team USA holds off Spain to advance to the semifinals. Kevin Durant finishes with a team-high 29 points in the win.

2:20 a.m. — Is this the best performance of Ricky Rubio’s career? It sure feels like it.

2:10 a.m. — Jayson Tatum with some big buckets down the stretch.

2:05 a.m. — Kevin Durant and Ricky Rubio are both on the bench to start the fourth quarter. It will be interesting to see how long their coaches wait to insert them back into the game.

End of third quarter: USA 69, Spain 63

2 a.m. — Spain finishes the quarter on an 11-2 run to stay within striking distance. Ricky Rubio has 27 of his team’s 63 points.

1:55 a.m. — The shots are finally falling, and Team USA is rolling.

1:45 a.m. — Do. Not. Help. Off. Kevin. Durant.

1:40 a.m. — Ricky Rubio turns into Dikembe Mutombo and rejects Bam Adebayo at the rim. Uh, what?

Halftime: Spain 43, USA 43

1:25 a.m. — After trailing by 10 points late in the second quarter, Team USA storms back to tie the game.

1:20 a.m. — There is no defense for this shot. Kevin Durant is ridiculous.

1:15 a.m. — Sergio Rodriguez is cooking. He’s got 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting.

1:10 a.m. — A brutal offensive start for Team USA. The Americans have missed 12 of their first 15 3-point attempts. 

1:05 a.m. — An impressive block here by Usman Garuba, whom the Rockets selected at Thursday’s NBA Draft.

End of first quarter: Spain 21, USA 19

12:55 a.m. — Ricky Rubio is on fire. He’s got 13 of Spain’s 17 points.

12:50 a.m. — Spain rolls out the red carpet for Kevin Durant.

12:45 a.m. — Damian Lillard pulls up in rhythm and drills the 3-pointer.

12:40 a.m. — The starters for each team…

  • USA: Damian Lillard, Jrue Holiday, Devin Booker, Kevin Durant, Bam Adebayo
  • Spain: Ricky Rubio, Rudy Fernandez, Victor Claver, Marc Gasol, Alberto Abalde

How to watch USA Olympic basketball games

  • Time: 12:40 a.m. ET | 9:40 p.m. PT
  • TV channel: N/A live on cable
  • Live stream: Peacock

The USA vs. Spain men’s basketball game won’t be broadcast live on cable television. Peacock, NBC’s streaming service, is the only place to watch the live action at 12:40 a.m. ET on Tuesday. NBCSN is scheduled to air a replay of the 2021 Olympic quarterfinals at 10:45 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

Men’s Olympic basketball schedule 2021

Aug. 3

Game Time
Spain vs. United States 12:40 a.m.
Italy vs. France 4:20 a.m.
Argentina vs. Australia 8 a.m.

Aug. 5

Game Time
Semifinals 12:15 a.m.
Semifinals 7 a.m.

Aug. 6

Game Time
Gold-medal game 10:30 p.m.

Aug. 7

Game Time
Bronze-medal game 7 a.m.

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