They missed shots, threw the ball away and got beat on defense — but in the end, Shannon Johnson and Tina Thompson helped the Americans pull off another gold-medal victory.

Johnson and Thompson gave the United States a huge lift with their second-half scoring, and the Americans beat Australia 74-63 on Saturday for their third straight Olympic basketball title.

The U.S. players finally got their game together after falling behind by four points in the second half. They turned up the defense, crashed the boards harder and, most important, found their shooting touch — something the U.S. men's team failed to do.

Russia beat Brazil 71-62 for the bronze.