View Full Version : Eric Gordon scores 21 points as U.S. pulls away to beat Tunisia, 92-57

09-03-2010, 08:08 AM
The Americans finish 5-0 in group play at the basketball world championship and will face Angola in the next round.
ISTANBUL, Turkey — Eric Gordon scored 21 points as the United States pulled away from Tunisia after a sluggish first half, winning, 92-57, on Thursday in its final game of group play at the basketball world championship.

The Americans led Tunisia by four points early in the third quarter before turning the game into a rout over the final 15 minutes.

The U.S. (5-0), seeded No. 1 in Group B, next plays Monday against Angola, the No. 4-seeded team in Group A.

The Americans missed nine of 10 three-pointers in the first half and failed to show any sustained stretches of good offense, an occasional problem for the team during the group stage. The Americans have time to clean it up, with three days off before their first elimination game.

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook each scored 14 points for the U.S., and Stephen Curry had 13. Marouan Kechrid scored 15 points and Macram Ben Romdhane had 11 for Tunisia, which was 0-5 in its first appearance in the worlds.

U.S. Coach Mike Krzyzewski played his starters the entire first quarter, which ended with the Americans leading, 19-13. The reserves played the whole second quarter, and though they pushed the lead into double digits, Tunisia was within two in the final minute before the Americans got the final two baskets for a 39-33 lead.

Clearly taking advantage of the Americans' lack of interest, Tunisia hustled to keep possessions alive, even ripping the ball out of a U.S. player's hands a couple of times. But those extra possessions usually ended in missed shots, as Tunisia hit 28% after entering the game at 36% for the tournament, second-worst in the 24-team field.

The Americans finally broke the game open midway through the third quarter. An 8-2 burst turned an eight-point lead into a 55-41 advantage. Gordon and Curry made consecutive three-pointers during an 8-0 spurt that extended the lead to 63-44 in the final minute of the quarter.
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09-03-2010, 01:10 PM
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09-03-2010, 02:59 PM