The Men’s USA Basketball easily trounced Serbia on Sunday (Sept. 14), 129-92, on its way to win the Basketball World Cup.
Tournament MVP Kyrie Irving cashed in 26 points to help the U.S. repeat as world champion for the first time.
Despite criticism over what some considered a B-team roster — no Lebron, Kobe or Durant — U.S.A. dominated the entire tournament. Team U.S.A. came in with a 32.5 points per game average with their closest victory in the tournament by 21 points over Turkey. The team also finished with averages of 58 percent from the field, made 15 of 30 3-point attempts and had eight of their 12 players score in double figures.
“I think the results were dominant, but we had spurts of dominance in a lot of games,” U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “And we had tough games and then all of a sudden we’d have a spurt and it looked like we dominated. Tonight we had like about a 35-minute spurt.”
All-Star forwards Durant, Kevin Love and Blake Griffin were all supposed to play, but pulled out before it started. Irving and James Harden were left, alongside a solid supporting cast, the youngest U.S. team since NBA players debuted in 1992.
Team U.S.A. won 63 straight games — 45 official FIBA events and 18 in exhibition play — and are automatically qualified for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.