Mission Accomplished: Durant Fuels Team USA to First World Championship Since 94

September 12th, 2010 by Chad Smith Leave a reply »
Even though only three Americans scored more than eight points, Kevin Durant continued his impressive run, scoring 28 points en route to a World Championship for Team USA.

Four U.S. players did not score in the game, and three others had less than five points, but they played together as a team and played spectacular defense against Turkey. Lamar Odom finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Russell Westbrook ended up with 13 points, six rebounds, and three assists.

Team USA beat Turkey 81-64 behind another sensational performance from Durant.

Durant set a record along the way for most points in the tournament by a U.S. player. He left the court with 42 seconds left and shared a long hug with coach Mike Krzyzewski, who finally won the world title after his previous two attempts ended with bronze medals.

Everyone said they were too young. They said they were undersized. They said the United States couldn't get it done without LeBron, Kobe, Wade, Carmelo, and CP3.

But Team USA proved them all wrong, capping an undefeated summer with a gold medal victory at the FIBA World Championships on Sunday.

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