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article imageUSA defeats Turkey 81-64 to win 2010 FIBA gold medal

By Igor I. Solar     Sep 12, 2010 in Sports
Istanbul - The USA men’s basketball team conquered the gold medal in FIBA 2010 World Championship today in Istanbul by defeating Turkey by a score of 81 to 64.
Once again, as expected, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, played a masterful game scoring 28 points, 20 of them in the first half. He got the U.S. to a good start in the second half with two early three-pointers, helping the U.S. to take ample advantage over Turkey in front of nearly 15,000 Turkish fans in Istanbul. Durant was recognized as the Most Valuable Player of the tournament. Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom scored 15 points and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook had 13 points. Top scorer in the Turkey side was forward Hedo Turkoglu (Phoenix Suns) with 16 points.
The USA team responded wonderfully to the strategy designed by Coach Mike Krzyzewski reaching the final through an unbeaten campaign with 5 wins in the preliminary stage and 3 victories in the knock-out phase having won its games against Angola (121-66), Russia (89-79) and Lithuania (89-74).
Lithuanian basketball star Linas Kleiza  top scorer for FIBA Bronze medallist Lithuania.
Lithuanian basketball star Linas Kleiza, top scorer for FIBA Bronze medallist Lithuania.
With this medal the USA maintains first place in FIBA medal standing with 4 gold, 3 silver and 4 bronze medals.
Lithuania achieved bronze after prevailing 99-88 over Serbia. Toronto Raptors forward Linas Kleiza scored 33 points for Lithuania.
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