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LeBron James wins gold medal

By mikeb Published: August 24, 2008

Akron native LeBron James won his first gold medal Sunday following the United States of America men's basketball victory over Spain in the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

USA defeated Spain 118-107 in the gold medal game and outscored opponents 106.2-78.4 in eight games.

James, a 2003 St. Vincent-St. Mary High School graduate, was a pivotal player on Team USA. He started all eight games in the Olympics and averaged 15.5 points and 5.3 rebounds in 24.8 minutes per game.

James led Team USA in total minutes played (198), minutes per game (24.8), steals (19) and blocked shots (eight). He was second in scoring (124 points) and second in assists (30). His 42 rebounds were third best.

Dwayne Wade led Team USA in scoring with 128 points (16.0 per game) and Chris Paul paced the Americans in assists with 33. Chris Bosh (49) and Dwight Howard (46) were the top two rebounders.

Kobe Bryant, Jason Kidd, Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard joined James in the starting lineup in all eight games. Bryant was Team USA's third leading scorer with 120 points (15.0 per game).

Team USA beat China, Angola, Greece, Germany, Australia, Argentina and Spain twice in the tournament.

James, a standout for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the National Basketball Association, won a bronze medal in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.

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