Dream teams don’t come any more
dreamlike than the Americans who set
foot on the basketball court at the Olympic Games.
A US dominance was already well established by
1992 when they stepped up a gear and sent the professionals along
to the party. A cast of NBA All-Stars arrived
in Barcelona starring Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson,
Charles Barkley, Scottie Pippen and Larry Bird. In ’92 and ’96,
they played 16 games, scored 1,754 points and no-one got within 22
points of them. They were, in a word,
unbeatable. The USA came to the Millennium
Games in Sydney as the hottest of
hot favourites. A squad of NBA superstars
starring Kevin Garnett, three-time All-star, Jason
Kidd, three-time All-star, Alonzo Mourning, five-time All-star, and Vince
Carter, NBA Rookie of the Year. The supporting cast wasn’t
bad either. They were head and shoulders
above all the rest. They brushed aside the old
enemy Russia in the quarterfinals. It brought the United States
team to a semifinal against Lithuania – bronze medallists in Barcelona
and Atlanta, but scarcely household names. None of them played in the NBA, but there was talent on the
roster, including some established
players from top European leagues – Sarunas Jasikevicius of
FC Barcelona, Saulius Stombergas
of TAU Ceramica, and Gintaras Einikis of CSKA
Moscow. But their one true superstar,
Arvydas Sabonis, had retired. Surely they were no match
for the dream team. Nearly 15,000 supporters were in the Sydney Super Dome
for the semifinals. The first half went as
expected, Lithuania struggled. The United States scored at
will. It was business as usual. A three-pointer from Jason Kidd on the buzzer took them to
half-time with the United States
leading 48-36. The second half, however, was a different story. The Lithuanian team re-emerged
reinvented. It was game on. For the next 15 minutes,
the scores were neck and neck. Lithuania scored, the USA
scored. Amazingly, the game was in the
balance deep in the fourth quarter. With only 96 seconds left
on the clock, Alonzo Mourning commissioned a foul, ending his game and
giving Lithuania two free throws. Were the USA about to throw it
away? Sarunas Jasikevicius hadn’t
missed from the line and wouldn’t start now. And Carter drives, he goes up
and is fouled. The basket does not go in. The fouls are going to be
on Stombergas, Carter will shoot too with a
chance to put the US in the lead. Second shot now, 80, 80, and it’s missed, it’s tipped and loose ball
falling down. Everyone’s diving and
Lithuania have it. It was all square going into
the final minute. The clock continued to run down
and the drama only became more frantic. Lithuania missed a
three-pointer but got the foul. It’s a chance for Lithuania to
take control of this game. The upset could be on. But Ramunas Siskauskas missed two out of three
from the line. Vince Carter scored at the
other end and the USA had a one-point
lead. Carter again going for the
basket, over Timinskas and hits
and the US leads by one. Full-court pressure by the US, Garnett knocks the ball
out of bounds and he’s fouled in the rush
for the loose ball. Timinskas, I think, got the
foul. Garnett will shoot two. Garnett at the line shooting
two, US up by one. We have seen a lot of missed
foul shots under the pressure of
the last couple of minutes and Garnett has missed his
first. Second shot, it’s up and missed
and McDyess with the rebound off the glass – US up by three. They need the points quickly,
on the drive, lays it in, a one-point game and they’re
going to have to foul. US up by two, still five
seconds, this jump ball is crucial. McDyess has it,
but there’s a whistle, he’s called for jumping too
soon, Lithuania get the ball. Just time for one shot now, can the Lithuanians, with
a three, beat the dream team? Sarunas Jasikevicius had destiny in his hands as he sprinted full court
and threw for three. And game’s on the line, shot’s up and he has missed it. Heartbreaking for Lithuania. US has dodged a bullet. By a matter of centimetres, the dream team had avoided
infamy. They kept their unbeaten record
by the skin of their teeth but they had been rocked. The Lithuanians were
shellshocked. They left the arena, forced to contemplate
what might have been. They went through to
the bronze-medal match and beat Australia
to stand on the podium. With their authority
undermined, the United States reacted
powerfully in the final. They beat France without
breaking sweat. Another gold medal
for the dream team. Lithuania, however, became
the most heroic of heroic losers. A few agonising centimetres from causing the biggest upset of all time
in the Olympic Games.

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100 thoughts on “When Lithuania surprised USA Basketball at the Olympics | Strangest Moments

  • March 8, 2019 at 6:24 pm
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    Yugoslavia beat USA on world championship in 2002 in Indianapolis 81:78 … I`ll never forget that game !!!

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  • March 8, 2019 at 11:29 pm
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    Way to butcher those Lithuanian names.

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  • March 9, 2019 at 12:36 am
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    I wanted Lithuania to win so bad

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  • March 9, 2019 at 4:31 am
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    This video has no clue, 2004 Olympics anyone?

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  • March 9, 2019 at 6:48 am
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    This ain't dream Team

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  • March 10, 2019 at 12:42 am
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    threw it after the buzzer anyway

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  • March 10, 2019 at 7:26 am
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    What's a centimeter?

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  • March 10, 2019 at 10:03 am
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    One nation state lithuania against 57? 60? United States?

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  • March 10, 2019 at 8:34 pm
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    Jasikevicius was such a beast

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  • March 10, 2019 at 9:02 pm
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    imma keep it real, the shot was off late

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  • March 10, 2019 at 10:45 pm
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    We are just 2.865 milion peoples population of Lithuania 🤗

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  • March 11, 2019 at 12:52 am
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    Um…centimeters? The guy air balled it…a few centimeters would have been hitting the outside of the rim as opposed to inside of the rim…

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  • March 11, 2019 at 4:21 pm
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    Against real defense..they only score 80+ point..u realize there is no tough defense in NBA…

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  • March 12, 2019 at 12:55 am
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    Having professional athletes in the Olympics is so un-Olympic.

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  • March 12, 2019 at 4:06 am
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    He didn't even get the last shot off in time

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  • March 13, 2019 at 3:12 am
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    how about when Greece won USA?

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  • March 13, 2019 at 12:25 pm
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    That's why I love Lithuania. never gonna leave my country

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  • March 13, 2019 at 2:14 pm
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    Greatest upset in Olympics history? Idk, the Miracle on I've was pretty good.

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  • March 14, 2019 at 10:01 pm
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    Lithuania surprised the US when Sabonis dunked on Robinson and tossed him like a rag doll and stole his lunch money

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  • March 19, 2019 at 12:55 pm
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    When usa shooters where not a thing.

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  • March 19, 2019 at 11:04 pm
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    Not the dream team*

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  • March 20, 2019 at 9:26 pm
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    It did miss, but it wouldn’t have counted anyways, you can see at 5:24 that it left his hands after time expired.

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  • March 21, 2019 at 10:20 am
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    Wasted my time.

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  • March 21, 2019 at 5:25 pm
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    The 2004 USA team was the worst

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  • March 22, 2019 at 6:34 am
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    Was that Domantas sabonis dad?

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  • March 27, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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    What accent is this?

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  • March 27, 2019 at 8:35 pm
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    Would have been the biggest upset in Olympic history? No. No other upset can beat the 1980 winter Olympics

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  • March 28, 2019 at 7:22 am
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    by centimeters, it was an airball

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  • March 28, 2019 at 7:32 pm
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    What? Even if he made that airball he didn’t even get the shot off in time

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  • March 30, 2019 at 6:21 am
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    The young team are now trainers

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  • April 1, 2019 at 2:17 am
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    wait a minute that intro sounds familiar 🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔

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  • April 2, 2019 at 7:44 pm
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    Anyone got click baited thinking Lithuania beated the USA? Good one Olympic.

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  • April 6, 2019 at 12:15 am
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    Why does it say shocked. Dude didn't even get the shot off??

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  • April 6, 2019 at 2:51 am
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    Yeah they werent called the dream team the dream team was USA '96

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  • April 8, 2019 at 3:20 pm
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    Lol, that Garnet block was clearly a foul; look at how Garnet pushing and dragging that player behind him. However, ref gave that player a foul call,lol, Ridiculous, and Garnet was just playing dirty as he always does.

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  • April 13, 2019 at 3:08 am
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    Missed by centimeters? HE DIDNT EVEN HIT THE RIM OR BACK BOARD….THINK U MEANT A FEW INCHES

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  • April 13, 2019 at 7:05 pm
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    I dont think Basketboll should be a Olympics game
    USA have won gold all the time and no other country have been close

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  • April 27, 2019 at 8:23 am
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    But we beated the U.S in 2004
    BOOM

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  • May 1, 2019 at 5:28 pm
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    I wish was there to watch that game!

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  • May 4, 2019 at 3:22 pm
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    The shot wouldn't have counted if it went in anyway. It was too late

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  • May 14, 2019 at 6:39 pm
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    Please don't try to say these names and surnames next to a Lithuanian just don't

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  • May 18, 2019 at 12:27 pm
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    Now imagine what would have happened if Jasikevicius hit that

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  • May 18, 2019 at 8:12 pm
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    They beat France without breaking sweet? They only won by 10 pts

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  • May 18, 2019 at 8:15 pm
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    Although he is never mentioned Antonio McDyess is one of the biggest heroes in US basketball. If he doesn't get that offensive rebound and put back the US probably gets bronze in this olympics.

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  • May 19, 2019 at 2:36 pm
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    would be nice a Strangest Moments or an On The Record of USA or Argentina in Athens 2004

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  • May 20, 2019 at 9:28 pm
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    Upsets are the best thing in sports

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  • May 21, 2019 at 8:48 am
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    sorry but…….. he shot it too late anyway, it leaves his hands at 0.0

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  • May 26, 2019 at 11:33 pm
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    No one wants to point out that the clock says 0.0 and the ball hasn’t been released from his hands? They obviously don’t know basketball overseas

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  • May 27, 2019 at 4:10 pm
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    Nice vid but there's only one Dream Team. Please don't call other US teams Dream Team.

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  • May 29, 2019 at 12:56 am
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    Even if he made the shot it was too late

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  • June 3, 2019 at 3:28 am
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    Mad respect for Lithuania but he didn’t get it out of his hands in time regardless of whether or not it went in

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  • June 4, 2019 at 3:50 pm
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    Slow the time and use your pause button – ball left his hands well past the time clock anyway.

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  • June 6, 2019 at 1:56 am
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    The narrator calls the Russians the USA's "old enemy" (in reference to their Olympic rivalry with the USSR team) but Lithuania was just as much a part of that "old enemy" as Russia. Lithuania made up less than 2% of the Soviet Union's population but contributed 5 players to its 12-man roster when they won the gold in 1988. The country has always been fanatical about the sport. Lithuanians are born with basketballs in their hands.

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  • June 11, 2019 at 11:29 am
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    4:19 how the F was that a foul against Lithuania. Should have been a no call or a foul against Garnett if anything.

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  • June 13, 2019 at 6:14 pm
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    That player who shot at the buzzer let if off after the buzzer went

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  • June 14, 2019 at 8:03 am
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    its not america its AFRICAN DREAM TEAM ….

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  • July 2, 2019 at 9:15 am
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    I’m from Lithuania lol

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  • July 2, 2019 at 5:55 pm
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    Jordan, Bird and Magic did NOT play in the 96 olympics.

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  • July 4, 2019 at 5:13 pm
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    Lithuania absolutly known for great 3point shooting.

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  • July 4, 2019 at 7:00 pm
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    Too bad the shot clock was at 0, they still would have lost even if he made the shot.

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  • July 5, 2019 at 11:27 pm
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    McDyess didn't jump too soon he just jumps faster than a Saturn V rocket lift-offs.

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  • July 5, 2019 at 11:28 pm
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    avoided infamy? that shot would never have been counted genius.

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  • July 6, 2019 at 5:14 am
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    2:49 парень в зеленом по жопе номеру 7 дал?
    xd

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  • July 7, 2019 at 5:05 pm
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    First of all that is not the dream team LMAO

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  • July 10, 2019 at 4:55 pm
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    1:18 still the greatest dunk of all time

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  • July 15, 2019 at 2:03 am
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    If —IF——-the Lithuanian player had been able to turn fully, he'd have made that shot. ——–THAT was the edge & difference. ——————————WolfSky9

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  • July 16, 2019 at 11:37 am
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    Well it didn’t even matter if he made the shot to win because he had it in his hands after the buzzer went

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  • July 22, 2019 at 3:07 pm
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    Lol, he jumped to soon??

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  • July 25, 2019 at 11:36 pm
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    The only "Dream Team" was the 1992 squad.

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  • August 12, 2019 at 11:57 am
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    LIETUVA power forever 💛💚❤

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  • August 13, 2019 at 11:08 am
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    The ball left his hands too late anyway, would of not counted.

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  • August 17, 2019 at 11:36 am
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    I am here after Vince carter got selected in usa nation team 2019

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  • August 18, 2019 at 10:08 am
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    Don't worry Lithuania you are the winner in your dreams (no hate) Good luck in World cup from Greece

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  • August 20, 2019 at 9:56 pm
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    Lithuania you guys won that game. Taking on a country with over 10 times your population and playing like that. The game is yours. From an American. GG

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  • August 22, 2019 at 11:35 am
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    USA:you like most my basketball players? Gee thanks. Stole them from Lithuania

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  • August 25, 2019 at 8:41 am
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    Sharas defeat 2004 destroy all them 😀

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  • August 27, 2019 at 4:37 pm
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    Lol at the name pronunciations.

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  • September 2, 2019 at 9:23 am
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    0:24 Sebastian Stan

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  • September 2, 2019 at 9:31 am
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    We will win this time! Prepare murica!

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  • September 9, 2019 at 5:34 am
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    after this game the defeat of USA is already imminent.

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  • September 11, 2019 at 4:34 pm
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    Who's here after FRANCE beat USA on fiba world 2019

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  • September 13, 2019 at 1:53 am
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    Lithuania is always good.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 3:38 am
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    This vid is both stupid & deceiving,it makes you think its about the dream team!👎👎👎

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  • September 13, 2019 at 6:23 am
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    that is why Lithuania got robbed recently in the FIBA World Cup.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 12:36 pm
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    Even if that last shot went in it wouldn't even count.

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  • September 15, 2019 at 9:40 am
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    Don't ever call this a Dream Team…This isn't…

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  • September 16, 2019 at 7:23 pm
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    so where was the surprise?

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  • September 17, 2019 at 11:54 am
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    That Jasikevicius played on the Warriors 2006 team. Just wow.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 4:31 pm
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    Dream team 1 is real….and another level..

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  • September 18, 2019 at 8:54 pm
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    The irony is that Europe and Latin America had been getting better and better when these Olympics came to be.

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  • September 21, 2019 at 12:22 pm
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    Gli USA vantano Un grande bacino di Abitanti, quindi maggiori possibilita` di avere atleti talentuosi, gia` vengono seguiti alle hig schools, non solo si allenano 2 o 3 volte AL giorno MA Hanno anche persone di riferimento Che li accompagnano in questo percorso, per quanto riguardo la pallacanestro nessuno stato vanta una tale organizzazione AL riguardo

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  • September 22, 2019 at 12:45 pm
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    Your pronunciation is abhorrent

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  • September 22, 2019 at 7:16 pm
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    This game marked as a sign of downfall 👎🏾 for USA 🇺🇸 men’s basketball 🏀, with Sarunus Jasikevicius Of Lithuania 🇱🇹 men’s basketball 🏀 , nearly upsetting the Americans 🇺🇸 in the ‘00 Sydney, Australia 🇦🇺 Summer Games, he seek’d his revenge four years later in Athens 🇬🇷 in pool play, defeating the United States 🇺🇸 94-90. Jasikevicius himself finished with 28 points, four assists and one ☝🏾 steal.

    ‘02 FIBA WC 🇺🇸
    9/4/‘02: Argentina 🇦🇷 (87) USA 🇺🇸 (80)

    9/5/‘02: Yugoslavia 🇷🇺 🇷🇸 🇲🇪 (81) USA 🇺🇸 (78)

    9/7/‘02: Spain 🇪🇸 (81) USA 🇺🇸 (75)

    ‘04 Pre-Olympic Exhibition 🇬🇷
    8/3/‘04: Italy 🇮🇹 (95) USA 🇺🇸 (78)

    ‘04 Athens 🇬🇷
    8/15/‘04: Puerto Rico 🇵🇷 (92) USA 🇺🇸 (73)

    8/21/‘04: Lithuania 🇱🇹 (94) USA 🇺🇸 (90)

    8/27/‘04: Argentina 🇦🇷 (89) USA 🇺🇸 (81)

    USA 🇺🇸 finished the ‘04 Olympics 🇬🇷 with an eight game record of five wins and three losses in Athens, Greece 🇬🇷. The worst amount of losses by any American 🇺🇸 men’s basketball 🏀 team featuring NBA players.

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  • September 22, 2019 at 10:27 pm
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    LMFAO at the fake live commentary.

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  • September 25, 2019 at 4:37 pm
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    Jasikevicius, Maciyauskas, Siskauskas I think this is the best triple in lithuanian basketball just like Papaloukas,Diamantidis,Spanoulis for my country. Just imagine united states of america against the best of europe! Tell me your best 12 players of 2000's in europe in order to match the USA.

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  • September 26, 2019 at 9:28 pm
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    Ok it was a close game but that last second three point attempt by Lithuina was a complete air ball. It was not missed, "by centimeters", like the narrator says. It was missed by almost half a foot! Good effort, but it had no chance where it was a total air ball😂😁😆

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  • September 29, 2019 at 1:00 am
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    This was the ERA when USA players shot very poorly. Just a note–the NBA itself was undergoing a severe scoring slump that continued through the early 2000's. Poor shooting and half court offenses made NBA basketball ugly and spurred rules changes to make scoring easier in the NBA. Dream Team 3 was not at the same level as Dream Teams 1 or 2. Not even close.

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  • October 1, 2019 at 6:43 am
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    WOuld have been the greatest giant killing in the history of the Olympics

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  • October 4, 2019 at 2:13 am
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    "It doesn't matter whether you win by an inch or a mile, winning is winning!"
    Dominic Toretto – Fast & Furious

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