FIBA World Championhips: Day 10: Team USA Start and Finish Strong, Russia Delivers Killer

Posted: 07/09/2010 by Joe in A Bit of Basketball
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Day 3 of the second round of the FIBA World Cup in Turkey was somewhat similar to the day before it, with the winners somewhat to be known before even the games began, and the question to be asked was: “By how much?”

Team USA started off Day 10 in style, by disrupting the Angolan offense and scoring 3-pointers in return, creating a 20 point lead by the end of the first quarter thanks to Chauncey Billups and Kevin Durant. All 12 players on Team USA scored, and the deficit just kept on getting bigger and bigger for the Americans, who won the game by a large 55 points, 121-66, bringing back memories of not the 2008 Olympics team that beat Angola by 21, but the 1992 Dream Team that defeated the Angolans by 68 points.  Team USA knocked down an amazing EIGHTEEN 3-pointers, including Billups going 5 for 7, Eric Gordon 5 for 6, and Derrick Rose 3 for 4 and won the last quarter 30-10. Chauncey Billups had 19 points, while Durant, Rudy Gay and Gordon had 17 points apiece. Joaquim Gomez had a game high 21 points for Angola.

Not as one sided as the game preceding it, Russia took on New Zealand to determine who will face Team USA on Thursday. After a slow start by the Russians ( 9-2 New Zealand’s way), they managed to end the first quarter close and went on a 13-0 run, breaking the game wide open with Kirk Penney picking up 3 fouls in the first half and his fourth mid third quarter, for the Russians to set up a rematch of the infamous 1972 Olympics with a 78-56 win. Russia was led by Andrey Vorontsevich’s 18 points and 11 rebounds and got help from NBA rookie  Timofey Mozgov (16 points, 7 rebounds). Despite the horrible foul trouble he got held in, Penney managed to score 21 points for New Zealand.


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