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United States goes to 6-0 in world basketball championships

The U.S. basketball team wants to win the World Basketball Championships. And they want to show the world that they don’t need LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade and Amare Stoudamire to do it.

They are starting to be taken seriously by the other teams in the tournament in Istanbul, Turkey, especially after Monday’s 121-66 win over Angola in the quarterfinals.

Chauncey Billups scored 16 of his 19 points and Kevin Durant all of his 17 points in the first half.

Rudy Gay Memphis Grizzlies (NBA)

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The U.S. made sure this game was over rather quickly, as they raced out to a 10-0 spurt to go up 22-7 and 33-13 after one quarter of play.

The Americans forced turnovers that led to easy baskets on the fast break. When the Angolans forced them to play a half-court game, the NBA stars shot 18 of 38 from three-point range.

Eric Gordon and Rudy Gay also scored 17 points for the United States. Gordon shot 5 of 6 from 3-point land.

Joaquim Gomes, who played his college ball at Valparaiso University of the Horizon League, scored 21 points for Angola, which finished  fourth in Group A.

The Americans will play Russia on Thursday night. Russia defeated New Zealand, 78-56.

compiled from staff, U.S. Basketball & NBA news

US basketball team uses 2nd half spurt to dumped Tunisia

The United States basketball team upped its record to 5-0 in the World basketball championships.

But for awhile on Thursday, it didn’t look like they would be able to shake winless Tunisia.

The Americans turned a sluggish game into a rout the last 15 minutes of the contest to win 92-57.

Eric Gordon LA Clippers (NBA)

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Eric Gordon scored 21 points for the United States.

The USA squad seeded first in Group B, will play next on Monday against Angola, the number 4 seed from Group A.

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook each scored 14 points for the U.S. squad and Stephen Curry chipped in with 13.

Tunisia, making its first appearance in the world basketball championships, went 0-5, and was led in scoring by Marouan Kechrid with 15 points.

compiled from staff & USA basketball reports

USA basketball team wins matchup with Croatia,106-78 to open world championships

There are no LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade or Chris Paul, but the USA men’s basketball team believe they can end a 16-year world championship drought.

Kevin Durant scored 14 points and gave the United States a boost in its dominant second-quarter as they blasted Croatia 106-78 in its opening game of the tournament.

Chauncey Billups veteran of USA team (NBA)

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Eric Gordon scored on four 3-pointers and had 16 points to lead the Americans, who turned a very close game into a rout by holding the Croatians to six points in the second quarter. Chauncey Billups scored 12 points.

This American squad is a young, undersized team with Kevin Durant as the leading player. Durant scored five straight points to kick-start the second quarter outburst and pulled down eight rebounds in 21 minutes of action.

The United States plays Slovenia on Sunday followed by a game against Brazil on Monday.

compiled from staff & USA Basketball news

United States breezes past Greece in final exhibition game in world championships

As usual, the United States basketball team cruised to another exhibition tuneup win before the start of the world basketball championships.

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Eric Gordon (NBA)

Eric Gordon of the LA Clippers scored 18 points to lead the Americans to an 87-59 blowout of defending silver medalist Greece in Athens.

The world basketball championships begin on Saturday August 28 in Turkey.

Unbelievably, the United States hasn’t won the tournament since 1994.

compiled from staff & United States basketball news

U.S. national basketball team is set; Rondo withdraws suddenly

Head coach Mike Krzyzewski has selected his final 12-man roster for the world championships. They play a final tuneup against Greece on Wednesday before the real games start in Turkey on Saturday.

But the squad will have to play without Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo who asked to withdraw from consideration.

Rajon Rondo (NBA)

Rondo had started the United States first two exhibition games, then to the surprise of all, including team members, he didn’t play at all Sunday when the Americans edged Spain in another game.

The final roster includes: Andre Iguodala, Kevin Durant, Tyson Chandler, Derrick Rose, Kevin Love, Rudy Gay, Stephen Curry, Lamar Odom, Eric Gordon, Chauncey Billups, Russell Westbrook and Danny Granger.

Roster info courtesy of USA Basketball. Some info also from wire reports