Aug. 12, 2012
LONDON - Kevin Love and Russell Westbrook became the ninth and 10th former UCLA men's basketball players to earn Olympic gold medals on Sunday, as Team USA posted an 107-100 victory over Spain in the gold medal game.
Love registered nine points and nine rebounds in 19 minutes, while Westbrook finished with three points and one rebound in nine minutes. Sunday's victory helped Love and Westbrook earn their first ever Olympic gold medals. They became the first UCLA players since 1996 (Reggie Miller) to win Olympic gold for the U.S. men's basketball team.
In Sunday's gold medal game, Team USA pulled away in the fourth quarter in what was a closely-contested contest. The U.S. men's team led 35-27 after the first quarter but held just a one-point cushion (59-58) at halftime. Team USA led 83-82 after three quarters, before outscoring Spain by a 24-18 margin in the final period.
Love finished the Olympic tournament as the sixth-leading rebounder, averaging 7.6 rebounds per game. He grabbed 61 rebounds (27 offensive) while averaging just 17 minutes per game and also averaged 11.6 points per game, fifth-best on the U.S. squad. Westbrook averaged 8.5 points per game.
Love and Westbrook starred as teammates at UCLA during the 2007-08 season, helping lead the Bruins to their third consecutive Final Four that season. Westbrook, who spent two seasons playing at UCLA, and Love were selected back-to-back (No. 4 and 5), respectively, in the 2008 NBA Draft.