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Basketball, Men

Date15 – 28 August 2004
StatusOlympic
LocationKleisto Gipedo, Olympiako Syngrotima Ellenikou, Hellinikon / Olympiako Kleisto Gymnastirio, Olympiako Athletiko Kentro Athinon Spiros Loues, Maroussi
Participants144 from 12 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advance teams to classification matches.

The United States entered the 2004 Olympic basketball tournament as the favorite based only on past reputation. But at the 2002 World Championships, the US team had finished only 6th, despite playing with NBA players. At the Olympics, the United States lost two preliminary games in Group B to Lithuania and Puerto Rico. The Groups were led by undefeated Lithuania with Spain winning all its games in Group A. The United States was drawn against Spain in the quarter-finals, and did win, but only by 102-94.

The semi-final match-ups saw Italy defeat Lithuania 100-96, while the United States faced Argentina, which had advanced against Greece in a close game. In the semi-finals, the Argentines, led by NBA players Manu Ginóbili, Andrés Nocioni, and Walter Herrmann, beat the USA, 89-81, but the game was really not that close. In the final, Argentina won the gold medal, 84-68, over Italy. The USA did win the bronze medal, defeating Lithuania in that game, 104-96.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1ArgentinaARGGold
Carlos DelfinoGabriel FernándezManu GinóbiliLeonardo GutiérrezWalter HerrmannAlejandro Ariel MontecchiaAndrés NocioniFabricio ObertoPepe SánchezLuis ScolaHugo Ariel SconochiniRubén Wolkowyski
2ItalyITASilver
Gianluca BasileMassimo BulleriRoberto ChiacigJack GalandaLuca GarriDenis MarconatoMichele MianGianmarco PozzeccoNikola RadulovicAlex RighettiRodolfo RombaldoniMatteo Soragna
3United StatesUSABronze
Carmelo AnthonyCarlos BoozerTim DuncanAllen IversonLeBron JamesRichard JeffersonStephon MarburyShawn MarionLamar OdomEmeka OkaforAmar'e StoudemireDwyane Wade, Jr.
4LithuaniaLTU
Vidas GinevičiusŠarūnas JasikevičiusKšištof LavrinovičDainius ŠalengaRamūnas ŠiškauskasEurelijus ŽukauskasMindaugas ŽukauskasRobertas JavtokasArvydas MacijauskasDonatas SlaninaDarius SongailaSaulius Štombergas
5GreeceGRE
Frankie AlvertisDimitrios DiamantidisDimos DikoudisAntonios FotsisMikhalis KakiouzisNikos KhatzivrettasLazaros PapadopoulosTheodoros PapaloukasPap PapanikolaouVasileios SpanoulisKostas TsartsarisNikos Zisis
6Puerto RicoPUR
Rick ApodacaCarlos ArroyoElías AyusoEddie CasianoChristian DalmauSharif Karim FajardoBobby Joe HattonRolando HourruitinerJosé Rafael OrtízPeter John RamosJorge RiveraDaniel Santiago
7SpainESP
Óscar YebraJosé Manuel CalderónJaume ComasRodrigo de la FuenteRoberto DueñasRudy FernándezJorge GarbajosaPau GasolIker IturbeCarlos JiménezJuan Carlos NavarroFelipe Reyes
8People's Republic of ChinaCHN
Meng Kebate'erChen KeDu FengGuo ShiqiangLi NanLiu WeiMo KeYao MingYi JianlianZhang JingsongZhang YunsongZhu Fangyu
9AustraliaAUS
David AndersenAndrew BogutC. J. BrutonMartin CattaliniShane HealBrett MaherMatt NielsenJohn RilliePaul RogersTony RonaldsonGlen SavilleJason Smith
10New ZealandNZL
Ed BookDillon BoucherCraig BradshawPero CameronMark DickelPaul HenarePhil JonesSean MarksAaron OlsonKirk PenneyTony RamptonPaora Winitana
11Serbia and MontenegroSCG
Vule AvdalovićDejan BodirogaPeja DrobnjakNenad KrstićĐuro OstojićAleksandar PavlovićPetar PopovićVladimir RadmanovićIgor RakočevićVlado ŠćepanovićDejan TomaševićMiloš Vujanić
12AngolaANG
Carlos AlmeidaOlímpio CiprianoWalter CostaVictor de CarvalhoJoaquim GomesMiguel LutondaEduardo MingasValter MonteiroAbdel MoussaVictor MuzadiÂngelo VictorianoEdmar Victoriano

Preliminary Round (15 – 23 August 2004)

Group A (15 – 23 August 2004)

Round-robin pools.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsDrawsLossesPointsPoints ForPA
1SpainESP50010405349
2ItalyITA3026371341
3ArgentinaARG3026414396
4People's Republic of ChinaCHN2034303382
5New ZealandNZL1042399413
6Serbia and MontenegroSCG1042377388

Match #1 ITA 71 – 69NZL
Match #2 ESP 83 – 58CHN
Match #3 ARG 83 – 82SCG
Match #4 CHN 69 – 62NZL
Match #5 SCG 74 – 72ITA
Match #6 ESP 87 – 76ARG
Match #7 NZL 90 – 87SCG
Match #8 ESP 71 – 63ITA
Match #9 ARG 82 – 57CHN
Match #10 ESP 76 – 68SCG
Match #11 ARG 98 – 94NZL
Match #12 ITA 89 – 52CHN
Match #13 ESP 88 – 84NZL
Match #14 CHN 67 – 66SCG
Match #15 ITA 76 – 75ARG

Group B (15 – 23 August 2004)

Round-robin pools.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsDrawsLossesPointsPoints ForPA
1LithuaniaLTU50010468414
2GreeceGRE3026389343
3Puerto RicoPUR3026410411
4United StatesUSA3026418389
5AustraliaAUS1042383411
6AngolaANG0050321421

Match #1 LTU 78 – 73ANG
Match #2 PUR 92 – 73USA
Match #3 GRE 76 – 54AUS
Match #4 AUS 83 – 59ANG
Match #5 LTU 98 – 90PUR
Match #6 USA 77 – 71GRE
Match #7 USA 89 – 79AUS
Match #8 PUR 83 – 80ANG
Match #9 LTU 98 – 76GRE
Match #10 PUR 87 – 82AUS
Match #11 LTU 94 – 90USA
Match #12 GRE 88 – 56ANG
Match #13 LTU 100 – 85AUS
Match #14 USA 89 – 53ANG
Match #15 GRE 78 – 58PUR

Quarter-Finals (26 August 2004)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 ITA 83 – 70PUR
Match #2 LTU 95 – 75CHN
Match #3 ARG 69 – 64GRE
Match #4 USA 102 – 94ESP

Semi-Finals (27 August 2004)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 ITA 100 – 91LTU
Match #2 ARG 89 – 81USA

Final Round (24 – 28 August 2004)

Medal round.

Match 1/2 ARG 84 – 69ITA
Match 3/4 USA 104 – 96LTU
Match 5/6 GRE 85 – 75PUR
Match 7/8 ESP 92 – 76CHN
Match 9/10 AUS 98 – 80NZL
Match 11/12 SCG 85 – 62ANG