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FIBA World Cup Basketball - USA retains world title

Lorenzo Gahol 15 Sep 2014
Kyrie Irving was named MVP of the 2014 FIBA World Cup (credit:Credit by bettingpro)

The United States successfully defended their title after easily beating Serbia in the FIBA World Championship in Madrid on Sunday.

NBA All-Stars Kyrie Irving and James Harden led the charge as the Americans cruised to a 129-92 win at the Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid.

The defending champions trailed 7-15 early in the game but unleashed a 15-0 run to take the lead for good. 

Irving, who was named Tournament MVP, topscored with 26 points highlighted by a 6-of-6 shooting from three-point territory. Harden finished with 23 points, including three triples. Overall, the Americans bombarded the Serbians with 15 treys.


James Harden lifts the James Naismith Trophy. (Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Six other US players scored in double figures.

Kenneth Faried and Klay Thompson tallied 12 points with the former grabbing seven rebounds. DeMarcus Cousins had 11 points and nine rebounds off the bench while fellow substitute Rudy Gay also scored 11.

Stephen Curry and DeMar Derozan chipped in 10 points apiece for the Americans, who won back-to-back titles in this competition for the first time.

Team USA also became the first team to defend a world title since FR Yugoslavia in 2002. The Americans also tied Yugoslavia for the most world titles with five. 

Team USA has now won four straight FIBA-sanctioned world tournaments including the 2008 Beijing Olympics, 2010 World Championship and 2012 London Olympics.

Nemanja Bjelica and Nikola Kalinic paced the Serbians with 18 points apiece.

Bogdan Bogdanovic added 15 points while Milos Teodosic had 10 points and seven assists.

The silver-medal feat is Serbia's best ever under its present name.

France also made history by beating Lithuania 95-93 in the third-place playoff to win its first ever medal in this competition.

Joining Irving in the All-Tournament Team are Faried, Teodosic, Nicolas Batum of France and Pau Gasol of Spain.

The next FIBA World Cup will be held in 2019 to reset the present four-year cycle. 


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