Team USA made it past a spirited Australia to avoid their first defeat under Mike Krzyzewski since the 2006 FIBA World Championship.
The Boomers kept with the States all the way but the experience of Carmelo Anthony and the clutch shooting of Kyrie Irving saw the favourites move to a 3-0 record ahead of Friday's game with Serbia.
With 1:36 remaining and the score at 90-86 to the defending champions, Irving pulled up from behind the arc, off the dribble, and nailed a three-point shot reminiscent of his NBA championship-winning basket in game seven against the Golden State Warriors.
The bucket took the lead to seven and provided the breathing space Team USA had been searching for all night. See it here.
For some members of the US team, and one player in yellow, it brought back some unhappy memories.
While Draymond Green and Klay Thompson would've been delighted to see the ball go in, the moment Kyrie ended their hopes during the finals would've flashed before their eyes. As for Andrew Bogut, it was the second time in two months he'd seen Irving come up clutch from that position and end his team's chances.
After the game, Green, who had seven points, two rebounds and an assist in his 13 minutes on the floor, took to Snapchat and joked that the point guard's step to the right was 'too familiar' and 'way too soon'.
But it must have felt good to be on the other end of things this time.