USA basketball at the Olympics

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Russell, Jones, U.S. rout Soviet for gold

Credit: AP

1956 Melbourne Olympics

Russell, Jones, U.S. rout Soviet for gold

1956 MELBOURNE OLYMPICS

Result: Gold medal

Key players: Bill Russell (14.1 PPG), Bob Jeangerard (12.5 PPG), K.C. Jones (10.9 PPG)


Future NBA stars Russell and Jones led a loaded U.S. team in Melbourne. Team USA scored at least 98 points in each of its three preliminary games, won by at least 30 in each of its three quarterfinal group games, then romped Uruguay, 101-38, and the Soviet Union, 89-55, on the way to another gold medal.

Pictured: Jones, left, with Russell. (March 1, 1956)

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