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When Lithuania surprised USA Basketball at the Olympics | Strangest Moments


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.

David Frank

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100 COMMENTS

  1. Elizabeth Farrell Posted on February 18, 2019 at 12:38 am

    I really liked this. <3

    Reply
  2. franko Martinov Posted on February 18, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    Usa is 0 when was yugoslavia in basketball .
    Every time uaa lose from yugoslavia in basketball.

    Reply
  3. Santiago Trujillo Posted on February 19, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    The 2000 team was an EMBARRASSMENT to USA basketball

    Reply
  4. Cedric R Posted on February 19, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    They almost beat the US too in 2012.

    Reply
  5. Cedric R Posted on February 19, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    I'm sure today's Euro teams will beat an all-NBA US team in FIBA Worlds and the Olympics. European ball mostly composed of off-ball play will outlast the US' iso game.

    Reply
  6. Rushocx Ble Posted on February 23, 2019 at 6:47 am

    Jasikevicius best point guard in european basket history

    Reply
  7. Michael Eitmanas Posted on February 24, 2019 at 1:16 am

    We also got funding form the dead heads themselves

    Reply
  8. Josh Romero-Burgan Posted on February 24, 2019 at 2:44 am

    This summer was the best ive seen vince carter play in his career . had he played with the same intensity and anger in the nba as he did in the olympics he would have been one of the best ever

    Reply
  9. Jonas Legend Posted on February 25, 2019 at 8:15 am

    IN 2004 Lithuainia BEATED USA.

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  10. Larpushka Posted on February 25, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    it was more than "a few" centimeters, didn't even touch the rim. From the angle shown it was like half a meter

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  11. SouthFront Posted on February 27, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    Much love to Lithuania from Greece!A country with less than 3 million population but with so much basketball talent!!!Lithuania is the Basket itself…Respect brothers

    Reply
  12. Kier Kier Posted on March 4, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    benta amputa

    Reply
  13. Russell Westbrook Posted on March 4, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    like 100 centimeters lol that didn't even touch the net

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  14. Guillermo Montenegro Olguín Posted on March 5, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    That team is not the dream team, there is only one dream team and everyone knows which one is

    Reply
  15. Patrick Slingo Posted on March 6, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    Not a great usa team imo

    Reply
  16. doktarr Posted on March 7, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    Arr-vuh-dass Sar-Bahn-us

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  17. Sunny D Tangy Posted on March 8, 2019 at 9:04 am

    You can't just throw people together with barely any time to play together and expect them to play to their potential. Amazing that Lithuania managed to stay close but if both teams put their best together and let them play for a year USA would beat them by 30 minimum.

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  18. JLPT & Nutrition Posted on March 8, 2019 at 9:16 am

    Man, i would have loved to have seen a dream team in early 2000s of
    Kobe
    Shaq
    Duncan
    Garnett
    Carter
    Iverson
    McGrady
    Francis
    Kidd
    J O'Neal
    Webber
    Sheed

    Reply
  19. Drazen Bulatovic Posted on March 8, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    Yugoslavia beat USA on world championship in 2002 in Indianapolis 81:78 … I`ll never forget that game !!!

    Reply
  20. Sam Beaumont Posted on March 8, 2019 at 11:29 pm

    Way to butcher those Lithuanian names.

    Reply
  21. Ifraz Ahmed Posted on March 9, 2019 at 12:36 am

    I wanted Lithuania to win so bad

    Reply
  22. Jden Ian Posted on March 9, 2019 at 4:31 am

    This video has no clue, 2004 Olympics anyone?

    Reply
  23. Positive Mentality Posted on March 9, 2019 at 6:48 am

    This ain't dream Team

    Reply
  24. Matthew Horning Posted on March 10, 2019 at 12:42 am

    threw it after the buzzer anyway

    Reply
  25. Michael H Posted on March 10, 2019 at 7:26 am

    What's a centimeter?

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  26. BLUE Lawin Posted on March 10, 2019 at 10:03 am

    One nation state lithuania against 57? 60? United States?

    Reply
  27. WAR ROBOTS KRONOS GREECE GREEK WARRIORS Posted on March 10, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    Jasikevicius was such a beast

    Reply
  28. Alexander Bücher Posted on March 10, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    imma keep it real, the shot was off late

    Reply
  29. HomeAlone II Posted on March 10, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    We are just 2.865 milion peoples population of Lithuania 🤗

    Reply
  30. purpleGorilla Posted on March 11, 2019 at 12:52 am

    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…

    Reply
  31. Alex Prantzos Posted on March 11, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    Against real defense..they only score 80+ point..u realize there is no tough defense in NBA…

    Reply
  32. itsahellofaname Posted on March 12, 2019 at 12:55 am

    Having professional athletes in the Olympics is so un-Olympic.

    Reply
  33. Garbage Time Videos Posted on March 12, 2019 at 4:06 am

    He didn't even get the last shot off in time

    Reply
  34. Promy Posted on March 13, 2019 at 3:12 am

    how about when Greece won USA?

    Reply
  35. Chite Posted on March 13, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    That's why I love Lithuania. never gonna leave my country

    Reply
  36. CAX117 Posted on March 13, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    Greatest upset in Olympics history? Idk, the Miracle on I've was pretty good.

    Reply
  37. Sebastian Nowakowski Posted on March 14, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    Lithuania surprised the US when Sabonis dunked on Robinson and tossed him like a rag doll and stole his lunch money

    Reply
  38. regie b Posted on March 19, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    When usa shooters where not a thing.

    Reply
  39. The McIntyre Posted on March 19, 2019 at 11:04 pm

    Not the dream team*

    Reply
  40. basher214 Posted on March 20, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    It did miss, but it wouldn’t have counted anyways, you can see at 5:24 that it left his hands after time expired.

    Reply
  41. Landry Subira Posted on March 21, 2019 at 10:20 am

    Wasted my time.

    Reply
  42. Oliver Javinar Posted on March 21, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    The 2004 USA team was the worst

    Reply
  43. Christian Bacud Posted on March 22, 2019 at 6:34 am

    Was that Domantas sabonis dad?

    Reply
  44. Mārtiņš Jarošs Posted on March 27, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    What accent is this?

    Reply
  45. MC Mikey Posted on March 27, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    Would have been the biggest upset in Olympic history? No. No other upset can beat the 1980 winter Olympics

    Reply
  46. Aspis Gaming Posted on March 28, 2019 at 7:22 am

    by centimeters, it was an airball

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  47. World War 1914 Posted on March 28, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    What? Even if he made that airball he didn’t even get the shot off in time

    Reply
  48. Andrius Sliteris Posted on March 30, 2019 at 6:21 am

    The young team are now trainers

    Reply
  49. Sean Hsieh Posted on April 1, 2019 at 2:17 am

    wait a minute that intro sounds familiar 🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔

    Reply
  50. sub to me so mrbeast invites me over Posted on April 2, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    Anyone got click baited thinking Lithuania beated the USA? Good one Olympic.

    Reply
  51. Alex Ryan perez Posted on April 6, 2019 at 12:15 am

    Why does it say shocked. Dude didn't even get the shot off??

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  52. Xrayshot552 _ Posted on April 6, 2019 at 2:51 am

    Yeah they werent called the dream team the dream team was USA '96

    Reply
  53. bt bt Posted on April 8, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    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.

    Reply
  54. michael johnson Posted on April 13, 2019 at 3:08 am

    Missed by centimeters? HE DIDNT EVEN HIT THE RIM OR BACK BOARD….THINK U MEANT A FEW INCHES

    Reply
  55. Skatt Skratt Posted on April 13, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    I dont think Basketboll should be a Olympics game
    USA have won gold all the time and no other country have been close

    Reply
  56. Ctrl Copy Posted on April 27, 2019 at 8:23 am

    But we beated the U.S in 2004
    BOOM

    Reply
  57. Jared Ferreira Posted on May 1, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    I wish was there to watch that game!

    Reply
  58. DoctorWong1979 Posted on May 4, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    The shot wouldn't have counted if it went in anyway. It was too late

    Reply
  59. edvis8686 Posted on May 14, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    Please don't try to say these names and surnames next to a Lithuanian just don't

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  60. Luk4s Posted on May 18, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    Now imagine what would have happened if Jasikevicius hit that

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  61. gabepizza Posted on May 18, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    They beat France without breaking sweet? They only won by 10 pts

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  62. gabepizza Posted on May 18, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    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.

    Reply
  63. Iuri Ribeiro Posted on May 19, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    would be nice a Strangest Moments or an On The Record of USA or Argentina in Athens 2004

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  64. Pornhub Guy Posted on May 20, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    Upsets are the best thing in sports

    Reply
  65. wow zers Posted on May 21, 2019 at 8:48 am

    sorry but…….. he shot it too late anyway, it leaves his hands at 0.0

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  66. Braden Kidd Posted on May 26, 2019 at 11:33 pm

    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

    Reply
  67. I'm Aaron Posted on May 27, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    Nice vid but there's only one Dream Team. Please don't call other US teams Dream Team.

    Reply
  68. subito zx Posted on May 29, 2019 at 12:56 am

    Even if he made the shot it was too late

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  69. Am3ricanSniper Posted on June 3, 2019 at 3:28 am

    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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  70. Steve Nichols Posted on June 4, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    Slow the time and use your pause button – ball left his hands well past the time clock anyway.

    Reply
  71. Bob Snow Posted on June 6, 2019 at 1:56 am

    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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  72. BWcapture Posted on June 11, 2019 at 11:29 am

    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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  73. Adham Hamada Posted on June 13, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    That player who shot at the buzzer let if off after the buzzer went

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  74. Žmogus Hibridas Posted on June 14, 2019 at 8:03 am

    its not america its AFRICAN DREAM TEAM ….

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  75. Hubertas Gelgota Posted on July 2, 2019 at 9:15 am

    I’m from Lithuania lol

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  76. Holdington Posted on July 2, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    Jordan, Bird and Magic did NOT play in the 96 olympics.

    Reply
  77. Rüdiger Weissmann Posted on July 4, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    Lithuania absolutly known for great 3point shooting.

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  78. Spence937 Posted on July 4, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Too bad the shot clock was at 0, they still would have lost even if he made the shot.

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  79. Filip Ladan Posted on July 5, 2019 at 11:27 pm

    McDyess didn't jump too soon he just jumps faster than a Saturn V rocket lift-offs.

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  80. Filip Ladan Posted on July 5, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    avoided infamy? that shot would never have been counted genius.

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  81. кирилл иванович Posted on July 6, 2019 at 5:14 am

    2:49 парень в зеленом по жопе номеру 7 дал?
    xd

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  82. GunxZerker Posted on July 7, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    First of all that is not the dream team LMAO

    Reply
  83. Mrg Blue Posted on July 10, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    1:18 still the greatest dunk of all time

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  84. Wolfsky9 Posted on July 15, 2019 at 2:03 am

    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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  85. Adman Plays Posted on July 16, 2019 at 11:37 am

    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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  86. Mike Lord Posted on July 22, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    Lol, he jumped to soon??

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  87. TheSBleeder Posted on July 25, 2019 at 11:36 pm

    The only "Dream Team" was the 1992 squad.

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  88. Dona Tas Posted on August 12, 2019 at 11:57 am

    LIETUVA power forever 💛💚❤

    Reply
  89. 2k God Posted on August 13, 2019 at 11:08 am

    The ball left his hands too late anyway, would of not counted.

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  90. elfas rustusis Posted on August 17, 2019 at 11:36 am

    I am here after Vince carter got selected in usa nation team 2019

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  91. Να φάτε σκατά Posted on August 18, 2019 at 10:08 am

    Don't worry Lithuania you are the winner in your dreams (no hate) Good luck in World cup from Greece

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  92. Damon Alley Posted on August 20, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    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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  93. Teriasy draws Posted on August 22, 2019 at 11:35 am

    USA:you like most my basketball players? Gee thanks. Stole them from Lithuania

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  94. Žmogus Hibridas Posted on August 25, 2019 at 8:41 am

    Sharas defeat 2004 destroy all them 😀

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  95. Kay C Posted on August 27, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    Lol at the name pronunciations.

    Reply
  96. Mateusz G Posted on September 2, 2019 at 9:23 am

    0:24 Sebastian Stan

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  97. Markas Viperis Posted on September 2, 2019 at 9:31 am

    We will win this time! Prepare murica!

    Reply
  98. Karl Lorenzo Babiano Posted on September 9, 2019 at 5:34 am

    after this game the defeat of USA is already imminent.

    Reply
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