• Hosts Turkey to meet USA in the finals
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Sep 12, 2010-

 

The United States of America beat Lithuania 89-74  to book their place in the final of the 2010 FIBA World Championship.
 
The Americans return to the Gold Medal game in the biggest international basketball competition for the first time in 16 years. They last made it to that stage of the competition in 1994 and went on to win on that occasion.
 
Mike Krzyzewski’s men will face Turkey in Sunday’s decider.
 
Kevin Durant erupted for 38 points to set a new American single-game record at the FIBA World Championship. Carmelo Anthony held the mark previously with 35 against Italy in 2006. 
 
Linas Kleiza edged Lithuania in front 11-9 with 5:23 to go in the period, but Kestutis Kemzura’s men then went almost four minutes without a single point and the USA took full advantage to reel off 12 unanswered points.


Up 23-12 to start the second quarter, Russell Westbrook, Durant and Lamar Odom all scored as part of a 6-0 run that made it 29-14.
 
Andre Iguodala and Odom later worked the give-and-go to perfection as the former cut and received a pin-point bounce pass from the latter for a two-hand dunk and a 31-17 advantage.
 Martynas Pocius connected from beyond the arc and Kleiza made a pair of free-throws to cut the deficit to 33-25.  However, the Americans soon re-established their dominance at both ends of the court.
  
Pocius made a pair of foul shots and the Americans took a 42-27 lead at the break.

Jonas Maciulis buried two three-pointer early in the third quarter and Lithuania got within 50-40 when Mantas Kalnietis dialled in from long range.
 
 The Lithuanians showed they were finding their scoring touch as Tomas Delininkaitis scored eight quick points to make it 61-51
 
Chauncey Billups buried a top of the key three-pointer to put the USA up 69-55 and while Lithuania got back within 11 on several occasions, the Americans always seemed to have an answer.
 
Durant hit his fifth three-pointer of the night and a wing jumper for an 84-67 cushion to put the game away.

In the other semi-final,Karem Tunceri scored a game-winning lay-up as Turkey edged out Serbia by 83-82.
 
Hosts Turkey make it through to the tournament’s decider for the first time and are assured of taking their first ever medal in the event.
 
Down 82-81 with 4.3 seconds to play, Bogdan Tanjevic’s men inbounded the ball to Hedo Turkoglu who lost control on the left wing, but Tunceri got to the ball first and was a step ahead of the defenders as he drove hard to the hole for the biggest basket of his career.
 
Serbia had 0.5 seconds left and opted for a lob to Novica Velickovic but his attempt was deflected as time ran out.
 
Tunceri was clutch in the fourth quarter. With Turkey down 75-71 and a little over four minutes left to play, he scored five consecutive points to edge them in front and make a game of it.
 
The point guard drove to the basket and then buried a three-pointer on the next trip down the floor.
 
A free-throw shooting contest then ensued.
 
 That though proved to be enough time for Turkey to perform one last miracle.
 
 The defeat means Serbia will go up against Lithuania in the Bronze Medal game.

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