This was the night the USA was robbed. USA basketball had been dominant in basketball since 1936 at the Olympics and had won 7 straight Gold Medal games.
But their dominance came to an end with a very surprising and controversial after they lost to The Soviet Union in one of the most if not most controversial moments in sports history.
With three seconds left in the final, the US were leading by a single point when the Soviets called a time-out. When the buzzer ran out, the US claimed a win, but because the floor wasn’t properly cleared, the three seconds were put back on the clock.
The Soviet Union then scored a basket to win. The US team refused to take their silver medals home.
“If we had gotten beat, I would be proud to display my silver medal today,” Bantom said. “But, we didn’t get beat, we got cheated.”- US Forward Mike Bantom