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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

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

Durant, Love, Inguodala & Gay lead United States to 2-0 start in world championships

Everytime the United States needed to score, they were bailed out by Kevin Durant. Everytime they needed a rebound, Kevin Love was the man on the boards.

Durant scored 22 points, Love added 10 points to go with 11 rebounds in 13 minutes off the bench to lead the Americans over Slovenia, 99-77 Sunday in the world basketball championships. The game was played in Istanbul, Turkey.

Andre Inguodala Philadelphia 76ers (NBA)

The 2-0 American squad also received 16 points from Rudy Gay, while Russell Westbrook and Andre Inguodala each chipped in with 11.

Bostjan Nachbar scored 13 points for Slovenia, now 1-1 in the tournament. Slovenia had a huge crowd advantage as 90 percent of the crowd was pulling for them to beat the U.S.

The United States face Brazil on Monday night, then have Tuesday off before playing their final two games in group play.

compiled from staff, United States basketball & NBA 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