FIBA World Championships 2010: Team USA Silences Turkey To Win Gold Medal

September 12th, 2010 by Jo-Ryan Salazar Leave a reply »
Call them Redeem Team II.

After 16 years of failing to win the gold medal at the FIBA World Championships, the USA finally reaches the top with their 83-64 victory over Turkey to secure gold at the Sinan Erdem Dome.

The victory comes two years after the USA secured the gold medal over Spain 118-107 at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China and sixteen years after they blew apart Russia 137-91.

This was a younger USA team, with six players 22 of younger and no returnees from the 2008 side. Thanks to this victory, the States will not have to qualify for London 2012 through the FIBA Americas tournament. Instead, they qualify directly.

Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant, who won Tournament MVP honors, steamrolled his way to 28 points, while fellow Thunder member Russell Westbrook dished out 13. The Los Angeles Lakers' Lamar Odom will add a FIBA World Championship ring to his NBA World Championship ring, with 15 points.

“I just wanted to come out here and win," a relieved Durant said after the match. "That was my mindset from day one. None of that stuff, global marketing entered my mind. I just wanted to win for everybody. T ...

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