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The “B” Team wins the Gold medal as U.S. wins world basketball championship

When the United States basketball team headed overseas to play in the world basketball championships, everybody called them the “B” team because Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, et al. were not participating. Most media outlets were saying that they would be done after a handful of games.

The “B” team might be as good as the “A” team as far as United States basketball is concerned.

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Mike Krzyzewski (Duke photo)

The United States won its first world basketball championship since 1994 on Sunday, beating Turkey 81-64 behind the all-world play of tournament MVP Kevin Durant. The win qualify’s the U.S. for the 2012 Olympics.

Durant scored 28 points, setting a record for the most points in the tournament by a U.S. player. He left the court with 42 seconds left in the game.

Mike Krzyzewski, the head coach finally wins a world title after previously finishing with a bronze medal in his first two attempts.

Lamar Odom chipped in with 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Americans, who won the gold medal in the world championships for the fourth time.

Hedu Turkoglu of the Phoenix Suns scored 16 points for his native Turkey, which was playing for their first title. The Turks had huge support in the crowd as 90 percent of the 15,000-seat Sinan Erdem Dome in Istanbul, Turkey was in their favor.

Lithuania beat Serbia for the bronze medal earlier on Sunday.

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