The United States put on a show on Wednesday night in their most impressive performance at the Olympics to date as they destroyed Argentina 105-78. In doing so, they put an end to the international careers of the South American nation's 'golden generation'.
San Antonio Spurs star Manu Ginobili was playing in his final tournament while Brooklyn Nets man Luis Scola was likely playing in his final Olympics, and the send-off they were given by the Argentine fans was nothing short of incredible.
With the States way out in front, the crowd - heavily favouring the 2004 gold medalists - were chanting at the top of their voices in support of their departing hero. Following the final buzzer, a visibly emotional Ginobili was congratulated by each and every US player and staff member following a fantastic international career.
So great was the reception that even the US bench - including Carmelo Anthony - were in awe of the noise. The chanting and singing were more reminiscent of a football match than a basketball game - well, an NBA game that is.
For all of his accomplishments with the Spurs, the impact Ginobili has had on Argentinian basketball cannot be understated. He was only the third player from the nation to ever play in the NBA and has been by far the most successful. He leaves a lasting legacy and burgeoning basketball community that can only mean more success for the South Americans going forward.
Having brought them their greatest-ever day in basketball, he will go down as a once in a generation legend.