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USA are new World Champions! - Sep 13, 2010

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USA - Turkey 81-64
Team USA clinched the title at the World Championship in Turkey! They finished the tournament undefeated outscoring hosting Turkey in the championship game tonight. The USA were well in control throughout the whole encounter and celebrated a well-deserved success at the end. Kevin Durant (206-G/F-88, college: Texas) lived up to his MVP status tallying 28 points and 5 rebounds. Derrick Rose scored the first points in the game. Kevin Durant then knocked down quick eight points to keep the USA in front. But Hedo Turkoglu stepped up with back-to-back three-pointers for the hosts as Turkey gained their first lead of the game 15:14. Asik stretched the margin to three points but Kevin Durant hit a timely triple to draw things level. Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook (191-G-88, college: UCLA) capped the first term with five points as the USA earned a 22:17 lead. Russell Westbrook converted a three-point play to tip off the second quarter. Kevin Durant notched four points to give Team USA a 10-point advantage midway through the second quarter. Turkey tried to get closer but the visitors found the answer for any bucket from the Turkish team. Russell Westbrook capped the half with two freebies as the USA posted a 42:32 lead. Kevin Durant opened the second half with consecutive trebles and then Lamar Odom followed with a lay-up as the margin grew at 18-point mark 50:32. However Omer Onan (194-G-78) and Arslan did not allow the USA to run away. They dragged Turkey within 11 points midway through the third quarter. Team USA however stopped the bleeding and stayed in front to enter the fourth stanza up by 13 points 61:48. Derrick Rose began the final period four points in a row to silence the hosts. Then Lamar Odom fired five consecutive points as the margin grew at 20-point mark. Turkey had nothing to answer and the teams cruised to the final buzzer from that point. Lamar Odom provided 15 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Russell Westbrook added 13 points and 6 boards for the USA. Hedo Turkoglu replied with 16 points for Turkey. Semih Erden (211-C-87) nailed 9 points in the loss.

Lithuania - Serbia 99-88
Lithuania took the World Championships Bronze. They outscored Serbia in the consolation final tonight. Linas Kleiza (203-F-85, college: Missouri) stepped up with impressive 33 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to pace the charge. Aleksandar Rasic opened the scoring a three-pointer and Serbia maintained the lead throughout the first frame. Nenad Krstic (214-C-83) gave the Balkan team an 18:9 advantage midway through the period. However Lithuania capped the quarter with seven consecutive points and grabbed a 23:22 advantage. Simas Jasaitis (202-F/G-82) triggered a 9:2 run from Lithuania midway through the second quarter as they cleared off to a 32:26 advantage. The Baltic side boosted the margin to 13 points late in the half before Aleksandar Rasic hit from downtown and Lithuania trailed by 10 points at the interval. Simas Jasaitis and Kleiza kept on pushing the lead up. Lithuania enjoyed a 19-point cushion midway through the third stanza. The Baltic team entered the fourth quarter up by 18 points 72:54. The teams exchanged the baskets throughout the final period but Lithuania remained well in control as they marched to the victory at the end. Paulius Jankunas produced 15 points for the winners. Mantas Kalnietis and Simas Jasaitis added 14 points each for Lithuania. Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) answered with 18 points for Serbia. Marko Keselj accounted for 12 points in the loss.

Place 5th
Spain - Argentina 81-86
Argentina finished their World Championship campaign in the fifth position. They knocked down Spain on the final day of the tournament. Carlos Delfino unloaded 27 points to pace the effort. Argentina got to a quick start. They led throughout the opening frame. Oberto scored 6 points in ten minutes helping the Latin American team to a 23:16 advantage after ten minutes. Jasen and Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) opened a double-digit lead for Argentina midway through the second period. Soon Argentina stretched the margin to as many as 13 points 34:21. Delfino and Pablo Prigioni extended the margin to 20 points 49:29. Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) capped the half with a three-pointer as Spain trailed by 17 points 32:49. Argentina tipped off the second half with a 10:2 rally to boost the margin. But Spain did not surrender as they went on a massive 26:2 run to narrow the deficit to just one point 60:61. Luis Scola and Oberto answered for Argentina as they ensured a 65:62 lead with ten minutes to go. Luis Scola began the fourth quarter with five points in a row as Argentina cleared off once again. Rudy Fernandez dragged Spain within two points 73:75 and later knocked down four points to level things up at 80. However Luis Scola and Pablo Prigioni stepped up with key points late in regulation to seal the winning outcome for Argentina. Luis Scola tallied 22 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Pablo Prigioni added 17 points, 7 assists and 5 boards for Argentina. Rudy Fernandez responded with 31 points and 8 caroms for Spain. Marc Gasol contributed 16 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.


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The Official Draw Ceremony of the Qualifiers for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 took place at a star-studded event in Guangzhou, China on Sunday. The ceremony consisted of four different draws, one for each region - Africa, Americas, Asia (which includes Oceania) and Europe. Here are the results of the draws: African Qualifiers: Group A: Guinea, South Africa, Cameroon, Tunisia Group B: Uganda, Rwanda, Mali, Nigeria Group C: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Angola, Morocco, Egypt Gro...   [read more]

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World Cup Standings
 1. USA
 2. Serbia
 3. France
 4. Lithuania
 5. Spain
 6. Brazil
 7. Slovenia
 8. Turkey
 9. Greece
 10. Croatia
 11. Argentina
 12. Australia
 13. Dominican R.
 14. Mexico
 15. N.Zealand
 16. Senegal
 17. Angola
 18. Ukraine
 19. P.Rico
 20. Iran
 21. Philippines
 22. Finland
 23. S.Korea
 24. Egypt
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jose Juan BAREA
  Avg: 22
 1. Barea, PUR22.0 
 2. Blatche, USA21.2 
 3. Bogdanovic, BIH21.2 
 4. Gasol, ESP20.0 
 5. Scola, ARG19.5 
 6. Haddadi,18.8 
 7. Moreira, ANG17.8 
 8. Ayon, MEX17.6 
 9. Garcia, DOM17.6 
 10. Baynes, AUS16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Blatche, USA13.8 
 2. Haddadi,11.4 
 3. Dieng, SEN10.7 
 4. Bourousis, GRE9.2 
 5. Scola, ARG8.5 
 6. Valanciunas, LTU8.4 
 7. Asik, TUR8.4 
 8. Moreira, ANG8.2 
 9. Varejao, BRA8.0 
 10. Faried,7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Petteri KOPONEN
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Koponen, FIN5.8 
 2. Dalmeida, SEN5.3 
 3. Rubio, ESP5.1 
 4. Jeter, USA5.0 
 5. Teodosic, SRB4.4 
 6. Nikkhah Bahr.,4.4 
 7. Zisis, GRE4.3 
 8. Campazzo, ARG4.3 
 9. Dragic, SLO4.3 
 10. Prigioni, ARG4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Ricky RUBIO
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Rubio, ESP3.6 
 2. Kamrani, IRI2.6 
 3. Harden,2.1 
 4. Balkman, USA2.0 
 5. Irving, AUS1.9 
 6. Dieng, SEN1.8 
 7. Prigioni, ARG1.8 
 8. Ingles, AUS1.8 
 9. Saric, CRO1.7 
 10. Barbosa, BRA1.6 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Gasol, ESP2.3 
 2. Davis,2.1 
 3. Kim,2.0 
 4. N'Diaye, SEN1.8 
 5. Asik, TUR1.6 
 6. Dieng, SEN1.5 
 7. Vargas,1.5 
 8. Gasol, ESP1.4 
 9. Ibaka, CGO1.3 
 10. Garcia, DOM1.2 
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