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United States beats Iran in world basketball championships, 88-51

Everyone around the world knows that politically, the U.S. and Iran disagree on several issues.

But when it comes to sports, in this case basketball, it’s just a game with no politics involve.

The United States won in a rout, earning the Number 1 seed in the elimination round of the world championships with an 88-51 win Wednesday in the first meeting between the two countries with a history of bad relations towards one another.

Kevin Love Minnesota (NBA)

The United States players, slowly, but surely pulled away in the first half, wearing down Iran, the Asian champions with its bench depth and obvious athleticism.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski went to the bench early and often in this game, with the U.S. shooting the ball well at 58 percent and scoring 23 points off turnovers.

Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder leading the way with 13 and 12 points respectively.

The USA , now 4-0 will play Thursday against the fourth-place team from Group A in the Sweet 16.

Iran was led in scoring by Hamed Haddadi with 19 points. The Iranians are 1-3. Rudy Gay of the USA and Haddadi, are teammates with the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies.

Following Thursday’s matchup against Tunisia, who has not won a game, the USA will have three days to rest before playing Monday against an undetermined opponent.

compiled from USA Basketball & NBA news

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