Basketball at the 2004 Summer Olympics

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Basketball at the 2004 Summer Olympics took place at the indoor arena in the Helliniko Olympic Complex for the preliminary rounds, with the latter stages being held in the Olympic Indoor Hall at the Athens Olympic Sports Complex.

Reigning gold medallists from the Sydney 2000 Summer Olympics in both the men's and women's event, the United States of America failed to retain its men's title, but successfully defended its women's title.

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Qualification

In each competition, 12 teams took part in the Olympics. The host nation (Greece) automatically received a berth in both tournaments. Winning in the 2002 World Championships also earned a berth for Serbia and Montenegro (as Yugoslavia at the time) in the men's tournament and the United States in the women's.

The remaining 10 spots in each tournament were allocated to the five Olympic continents. Each continent held a tournament to determine its entries. Africa received 1 spot in each sex, Oceania received 2, and Europe received 3. America received 3 places in the men's tournament but only 1 in the women's, while Asia received 1 in the men's and 3 in the women's.

Results

Men's Gold Silver Bronze
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Italy
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United States
Women's Gold Silver Bronze
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United States
Australia Russia

Men's

Final ranking

  1. Argentina
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    Italy
  3. United States of America
  4. Lithuania
  5. Greece
  6. Puerto Rico
  7. Spain
  8. People's Republic of China
  9. Australia
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    New Zealand
  11. Serbia and Montenegro
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    Angola

Tournament Summary

Pool Play: Group A

Spain was one of two teams to go undefeated in the preliminary round – the other being Lithuania in Group B. World champions Serbia & Montenegro played its worst Olympic performance ever, finishing last in the pool having lost to all but Italy.

Team P: W: L: F: A: Pts:
Spain 55040533910
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Italy
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Argentina 5324143968
China 5233033827
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New Zealand
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Serbia and Montenegro 5143773886
August 15 11:15 Italy 71 - 69 New Zealand
14:30 China 58 - 83 Spain
16:45 Argentina 83 - 82 Serbia & Montenegro
August 17 09:00 New Zealand 62 - 69 China
16:45 Serbia & Montenegro 74 - 72 Italy
20:00 Spain 87 - 76 Argentina
August 19 09:00 Serbia & Montenegro 87 - 90 New Zealand
11:15 Italy 63 - 71 Spain
20:00 Argentina 82 - 57 China
August 21 11:15 Spain 76 - 68 Serbia & Montenegro
14:30 New Zealand 94 - 98 Argentina
16:45 China 52 - 89 Italy
August 23 09:00 Spain 88 - 84 New Zealand
16:45 Serbia & Montenegro 66 - 67 China
20:00 Italy 76 - 75 Argentina

Pool Play: Group B

Lithuania, like Spain, went undefeated in the preliminaries. The United States, the defending champions, overcame losses to Puerto Rico and Lithuania to advance to the quarter finals.

Team P: W: L: F: A: Pts:
Lithuania 55046841410
Greece 5323893438
Puerto Rico 5324104118
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United States
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Australia 5143884116
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Angola
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August 15 09:00 Angola 73 - 78 Lithuania
20:00 Puerto Rico 92 - 73 United States
22:15 Greece 76 - 54 Australia
August 17 11.15 Australia 83 - 59 Angola
14:30 Lithuania 98 - 90 Puerto Rico
22:15 United States 77 - 71 Greece
August 19 14:30 United States 89 - 79 Australia
16:45 Puerto Rico 83 - 80 Angola
22:15 Greece 76 - 98 Lithuania
August 21 09:00 Australia 82 - 87 Puerto Rico
20:00 Lithuania 94 - 90 United States
22:15 Angola 56 - 88 Greece
August 23 11.15 Lithuania 100 - 85 Australia
14:30 United States 89 - 53 Angola
22:15 Greece 78 - 58 Puerto Rico

9th to 12th place classification

August 24 14:30 (11th) Serbia & Montenegro 85 - 62 Angola (12th)
16:45 (10th) New Zealand 80 - 98 Australia (9th)

Serbia and Montenegro's 11th-place finish is their worst in Olympic history.

Leading scorers for 9th to 12th place classification:

Quarter Finals

August 26 14:30 Spain 94 - 102 United States
16:45 Lithuania 95 - 75 China
20:00 Italy 83 - 70 Puerto Rico
22:15 Greece 64 - 69 Argentina

In spite of an undefeated preliminary round, the Spaniards were ousted by the "Dream Team" to the jeers of the crowd assembled in the arena and to the chagrin of Spanish head coach Mario Pesquera.

Unlike their Spanish counterparts, however, the Lithuanians had an easy time disposing of the Del Harris-led Chinese squad.

Argentina, led by 13 points from both Manu Ginobili and Fabricio Oberto, disposed of the home squad, led by the 12 points from Nikolaos Chatzivrettas.

Leading scorers for the quarter finals:

5th to 8th place classification

August 28 09:00 (8th) China 76 - 92 Spain (7th)
11:15 (6th) Puerto Rico 75 - 85 Greece (5th)

Leading scorers for 5th to 8th place classification:

Semi Finals

August 27 20:00 United States 81 - 89 Argentina
22:15 Lithuania 91 - 100 Italy

It is not clear which of the two above games provided the most surprising defeat.

Leading scorers for the semi finals:

Bronze Medal Match

August 28 20:00 United States 104 - 96 Lithuania

The United States won its first bronze medal since 1988 by avenging the preliminary loss to Lithuania of one week earlier.

Leading scorers:

  • United States: Shawn Marion 22 pts
  • Lithuania: Arvydas Macijauskas 24 pts

Final

August 28 20:00 Argentina 84 - 69 Italy

Argentina won its first ever Olympic gold medal in basketball and became the first nation other than the United States to win the gold medal since 1988.

Leading scorers:

Women's

Final ranking

  1. United States of America
  2. Australia
  3. Russia
  4. Brazil
  5. Czech Republic
  6. Spain
  7. Greece
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    New Zealand
  9. People's Republic of China
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    Japan
  11. Nigeria
  12. South Korea

Tournament Summary

Pool Play: Group A

Team P: W: L: F: A: Pts:
Australia 55041831310
Russia 5413893339
Brazil 5324303618
Greece 5233533927
Nigeria 5143354226
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Japan
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August 14 09:00 Australia 85 - 73 Nigeria
16:45 Japan 62 - 127 Brazil
20:00 Greece 62 - 69 Russia
August 16 11:15 Nigeria 73 - 79 Japan
20:00 Brazil 87 - 75 Greece
22:15 Russia 56 - 75 Australia
August 18 11:15 Japan 78 - 97 Australia
16:45 Greece 83 - 68 Nigeria
20:00 Brazil 67 - 77 Russia
August 20 09:00 Russia 94 - 71 Japan
20:00 Australia 77 - 40 Greece
22:15 Nigeria 63 - 82 Brazil
August 22 11:15 Nigeria 58 - 93 Russia
14:30 Brazil 66 - 84 Australia
16:45 Greece 93 - 91 Japan

Pool Play: Group B

Team P: W: L: F: A: Pts:
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United States of America
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Spain 5413683349
Czech Republic 5324183758
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New Zealand
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China 5143614066
South Korea 5053203935
August 14 11:15 Korea 54 - 71 China
14:30 United States 99 - 47 New Zealand
22:15 Spain 80 - 78 Czech Republic
August 16 09:00 New Zealand 81 - 73 Korea
14:30 Czech Republic 61 - 80 United States
16:45 China 67 - 75 Spain
August 18 09:00 China 83 - 98 Czech Republic
14:30 Korea 57 - 80 United States
22:15 Spain 91 - 57 New Zealand
August 20 11:15 New Zealand 79 - 77 China
14:30 United States 71 - 58 Spain
16:45 Czech Republic 97 - 75 Korea
August 22 09:00 New Zealand 57 - 74 Czech Republic
20:00 China 62 - 100 United States
22:15 Spain 64 - 61 Korea

9th to 12th place classification

August 24 09:00 (11th) Nigeria 68 - 64 South Korea (12th)
11:15 (10th) Japan 63 - 82 China (9th)

5th to 8th place classification

August 27 09:00 (7th) Greece 87 - 83 New Zealand (8th)
11:15 (5th) Czech Republic 79 - 68 Spain (6th)

Quarter-finals

August 25 14:30 Russia 70 - 49 Czech Republic
16:45 United States 100 - 72 Greece
20:00 Spain 63 - 67 Brazil
22:15 Australia 94 - 55 New Zealand

Semi finals

August 27 14:30 Russia 62 - 66 United States
16:45 Brazil 75 - 88 Australia

Bronze Medal Match

August 28 14:00 Russia 71 - 62 Brazil

Final

August 28 16:15 Australia 63 - 74 United States

Teams

See Basketball at the 2004 Summer Olympics (team squads)

External links

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