Matt Slocum, Associated Press
Spain's Sergio Llull reacts behind United States' Kobe Bryant during the men's gold medal basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, in London.

This Olympic gold medal game is taking on the look of a Game 7 in the NBA finals. No layups allowed.

Both benches raised up midway through the first quarter when Spain's Jose Calderon leveled Kevin Durant on a breakaway to prevent the easy bucket.

Durant took exception and exchanged words with Calderon, while the US players on the bench had to be held back by the coaching staff to calm them down.

It's physical. It's a little nasty. It's what a title game should be.

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