USA vs SERBIA
The 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup Gold Medal Game on Sunday is set: USA Basketball vs. Serbia
Team USA advanced to the 2014 FIBA World Cup final with a 96-68 victory over Lithuania on Thursday. The semifinal matchup wasn’t much trouble for the Americans in Madrid, as they held Jonas Valanciunas and the Lithuanians to just 30 percent shooting from the field.
The dominant defensive effort keyed the win for the U.S., which will now face either France or Serbia on Sunday in the final. One more victory would give the Americans a goal medal and guaranteed qualification to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Kyrie Irving was the leading scorer for Team USA with 18 points on 8-of-15 shooting. He also added four assists in the win. James Harden added 16 points and three steals, while Klay Thompson came off the bench to score 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting.
Chauncey Billups announces his retirement after a 17 year career in the NBA. Many people were given the name “Big Shot” but few lived it as well as he did. Considered by many (myself included) to be one of the 50 greatest point guards and leaders of all time. He wasn’t as flashy as the rest, but he knew how to control the rhythm of the game as good as anyone. Those early-2000s Pistons were about as dominant as possible. They were a force of nature given direction by this man. Enjoy the cool breeze and palm trees Chauncey. You deserve it.
Klay Thompson scored 20 points and Harden had 12 of his 14 in the third quarter, helping the U.S. turn a close game into a 119-76 rout of Slovenia on Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the World Cup.
Kenneth Faried added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Americans, who will play Lithuania on Thursday in Barcelona for a spot in Sunday’s gold-medal game in Madrid. Lithuania beat Turkey 73-61 earlier Tuesday.
EMIR PRELDZIC’S GAME-WINNER FOR TURKEY
Turkey was down by two points with 22 seconds left against Australia in the FIBA World Cup Round of 16. The move? Give the ball to forward Emir Preldzic, get the hell out of the way and let him do this.
Team USA rolls forward after dominating Mexico in a 86-63 victory. Stephen Curry made this a statement game, scoring a team-high 20 points to push Team USA to the next round. Anthony Davis scored just four points but had six rebounds and four blocked shots as USA’s leading big man.
The bags were already packed and the Americans had already checked out of their rooms.
The only thing standing between them and Barcelona was a game against Ukraine, and it took them a little while to get into it.
The U.S. national team eventually pulled away to win it and finish pool play unbeaten, getting 17 points from James Harden and 14 from Stephen Curry in a 95-71 victory Thursday at the Basketball World Cup.
Team USA cruised to its fourth straight win to open the 2014 FIBA World Cup, beating the Dominican Republic 106-71 on Wednesday in Bilbao, Spain. The win clinched first place in Group C, guaranteeing that the road to gold will remain intact until at least the Round of 16 this weekend in Barcelona.
In addition to clinching the group, the win was the 58th straight for Team USA, a streak that dates back to the 2006 World Championships.