Basketball: Team USA retains FIBA World Cup title


The United States of America continued their domination of the international basketball scene after demolishing Serbia 129-92 on Sunday evening. The US team grabbed their second consecutive gold medal victory at the FIBA World Cup. Kyrie Irving scored 26 points on 6-for-6 shooting from the 3-point line, while James Harden added 23 points. The Americans were trailing 7-15 early in the game but a 60-22 run made sure they won the first half. The score was 67-41 at half time and the lead got even bigger at the end of the third quarter, 105-67.

Irving and Harden combined for 9-of-11 3-point shooting while eight of twelve US players finished in double-digit scoring. This was the 63rd consecutive win for the US team, 45 of them in FIBA events and the other 18 in exhibition matches. The victory also gave the US team an automatic spot in the basketball competition of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

This was the fifth World Cup title for USA, tying Yugoslavia for the most all-time championship winners. Kyle Irving was named tournament MVP while the other players included in the Mythical Five were Kenneth Faried (USA), Serbia's Milos Teodosic, France's Nicolas Batum, and Spain's Pau Gasol. Faried and Klay Thompson had 12 points apiece, while Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins fired 11 each. Rudy Gay and Stephen Curry each added 10 points for US. Nikola Kalinic and Nemanja Bjelica led Serbia with 18 points apiece, while Bogdan Bogdanovic had 15 and Teodosic added 10.

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  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Snoop

    15/9/14

    They are the best, that is clear... Great game last night, they were scoring like crazy for three points.. Serbia had no chance, but they did not deserved to lose with this difference... Irving was really great, 6/6 for three points....

  • Serbia madzgos

    15/9/14

    Thats correct, they are the best, whoever played for them. I'm sorry that Serbial lost at this differecne, becouse that guys don't deserve this. Great championsship for our country, nobody expected silver medal, and Serbia is proud of them. Serbia is country of bascetball and always will be. Bravo!

  • Serbia zuga

    15/9/14

    Congrats to the USA team. They were by far the best team throughout the entire tournament.

    As far as Serbia goes, man I am so damn proud of our boys!

  • skrunici

    15/9/14

    at the beggining of match I was thinking that maybe we can do something... (and by we I think serbia :) ) but than on stage come up irving, harden, thompson and with their 3pts they make a difference. USA is the best, but Serbia is the best in rest of world :) well done serbia !

  • Serbia mico.femic.1

    4/11/14

    Thats correct, they are the best, whoever played for them. I'm sorry that Serbial lost at this differecne, becouse that guys don't deserve this. Great championsship for our country, nobody expected silver medal, and Serbia is proud of them. Serbia is country of bascetball and always will be. Bravo!

  • Serbia Shumar4life

    12/11/14

    I had watched this competition, and they were the best team with no doubt. They showed us their quality in the final where they hammered Serbia. Serbia came to the second place, and that was surprise for lot of us. We are satisfied and proud, and all congratulations go to the USA national team

  • Serbia sebeksk

    17/11/14

    USA was the best national team on this world cup and they deserved gold medal, even without big stars like Durant, LeBron and others. Serbia was big surprise even for us who live in Serbia, but we know that we are sports nation and we did not give up for one moment. We have young team and there is more to come.

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