• USA rout Angola to reach last final eight
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Sep 07, 2010-

The United States returned to the court and rolled to another decisive victory over Angola in a major international competition.
 
Bringing back memories of the 1992 Olympics and even the Beijing Games from two years ago when the Americans claimed big wins against the African champions, Mike Krzyzewski's USA played for the first time since their big Group B win over Tunisia on Thursday and claimed a 121-66 victory to stay unbeaten in the FIBA World Championship.
 
Unlike their African brothers Tunisia, who only trailed 39-33 at half-time against Team USA, Angola never mounted a serious challenge.
 
The Americans had a stranglehold on the contest by the end of the first quarter.
 
Everything unraveled quickly for Angola, who only trailed 12-7 after a three-ball from Angola's Joaquim Gomes.
 
The tournament favorites replied with a Kevin Durant lay-up that sparked a 10-0 run.
 
Chauncey Billups, who led the USA with 19 points, hit one of his five three-pointers in that run while Durant also stopped and popped from long range to make it 22-7.
 
Gomes, who had a game-high 21 points, stopped the rot for Angola with a jumpshot but the Americans quickly got into transition and Odom scored at the other end to make it 24-9.
 
By the end of the frame, the lead was 20 and the advantage ballooned to 65-38 by half-time.
 
Roberto Fortes did come off the bench to provide Angola fans with a few thrills, hitting all three of his three-pointers before the break."We played against a great team, great players, great coach, great organization. It was a very strong team for us and we could have done a little bit better but my players tried their best,"said Angola head coach Luis Magalhaes.
 
The USA got back-to-back shots from the arc by Derrick Rose to start the second half and pulled away for a decisive victory.
 
USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski said: "We have great respect for Angola. I coached against them at the Olympics and they played us a great game. We showed some of that game to my players and they responded."

The US will now take on old rivals  Russia who saw off New Zealand, 78-56, in a tensed eight Final encounter .
 
Russia broke clear of the Oceania champions in the third quarter with Tall Blacks stars Kirk Penney (21 points) and Mika Vukona on the bench with four fouls. Led by the superb Andrey Vorontsevich (18 points, 7/8 fg, 11 rebounds), Russia peeled off a 13-0 run late in the third quarter to break open what had been an arm wrestle.

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