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The NBA star Kevin Durant has idolised since he was a teenager

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Kevin Durant added a second Olympic gold medal to his collection of accolades on Sunday as the United States of America put Serbia to the sword in a 30-point blowout win.

There were some nerves along the way, but the States were able to show their best basketball in the end as they blitz their way through the knockout rounds. 

The new Golden State Warriors star was looked at as one of the leaders in a squad that included ten first-time Olympians - the other was Carmelo Anthony. 

The duo were the only players present in London four years ago, and Melo's involvement with Team USA stretches way back to the dark days of 2004 and 2006. 

He was the young buck back then, but even at a young age, he was idolised by players like Durant, who recently told David Aldridge that, as a 15-year-old he looked up to a young Melo, who had just led Syracuse to their inaugural NCAA title. 

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The 2014 MVP said: "He's a real bro. That's my guy. I've looked up to Carmelo since I was 15 years old. I wanted to be Carmelo. And once I got the opportunity to hang around him and get to know him a little deeper, coming into the Draft, I asked him for advice here and there, and it just made things, it made the relationship even smoother.

"Coming from the same area -- not close -- he could tell that I wanted to reach out to him, and he wanted to reach out to me. Once we did it, it was just organic and smooth, and he's been a real friend ever since."

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This may have been Anthony's Olympics - his swansong on the international stage as he retired as the only men's US basketball player to compete in four Games and the only male basketball Olympian to win three gold medals - but it was truly Durant who came up trumps on the court. 

His performance in the final was simply incredible and, if like Carmelo, it is his final performance for his country, it is one that the 27-year-old will cherish for the rest of his life.

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