LA Lakers Get Past Oklahoma City Thunder 90-87

The Los Angeles Lakers moved further away from the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference standings by beating the Thunder 90-87 on Sunday. The Lakers’ starting big men finished with double-doubles to keep their firm hold of third spot and moving four and a half games ahead of Oklahoma City.

The Thunder had the chance to tie the game in the final seconds when Lamar Odom missed two free throws but Kevin Durant and James Harden missed their three-point attempts.

Pau Gasol had 18 points and 11 rebounds while Andrew Bynum finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Kobe Bryant finished with 17 points and seven assists for the Lakers.

New Thunder acquisition Kendrick Perkins form the Boston Celtics has not seen action due to a sprained knee but he could provide the interior muscle in the playoffs.

Russell Westbrook paced the Thunder with 22 points while Durant finished the game with 21 points. Thabo Sefolosha scored 10 points while Harden had 14 points off the bench.

 

USA vs Turkey FIBA World Championship 2010 Finals Results and Highlights

USA vs Turkey FIBA World Championship 2010 Finals Results and Highlights – It will be the greatest day and the greatest year for United States Basketball. This day will be dubbed as the day were they reclaimed their crown at the FIBA World Championship 2010. The USA is the new FIBA World Champions.

Team USA defeated host team Turkey, 81-64. Again, it was Kevin Durant who lead Team USA in its third consecutive victory from the quarterfinals to today’s championship. This effectively ended a 16-year wait for the USA, who had not won this tournament since 1994.

The game looked more like a one-sided game for the United States, except for the first minutes of the game where Turkey lead 17-14. Team USA then begin an assault of 11 unanswered points and start the early second quarter with 25-17. The USA stayed in front the rest of the game.

Durant gave Team USA their first double digit lead, midway during the second period at 31-21. Turkey however had not surrendered the game yet and played good basketball to try to overcome the lead and the plays of Team USA. Hedo Turkoglu of Turkey led the assault but it seems the Americans have prepared really hard for this game.

Durant finished with a game-high 28 points and seven three point shots.

Mike Kryzewski, USA head coach was asked after the game if what championship is more important, is it this championship or the Olympic Gold. Kryzewski answered, “This championship meant a lot because we have a very young team. It meant a lot to all of us. This was very special. We hadn’t won the World Championship since 1994 and we, as a country, are trying to show great respect for the World Championships which I’m not sure we did a decade ago. I mean it’s twice as big in terms of the number of teams participating than the Olympics. But the Olympics meant a lot too.”

Kevin Durant was selected as the FIBA World Championship 2010 MVP. Durant averaged 22.1 points and 6.2 rebounds as his team went undefeated in Turkey. Beside the MVP Trophy, he was also given a kind Tissot T-Touch Expertwatch by Francois Thiebaud, the President of FIBA Global Partners Tissot.

USA vs Turkey at FIBA World Championship 2010 Finals: Schedule and TV Coverage

USA vs Turkey at FIBA World Championship 2010 Finals: TV Coverage and Schedule – The United States and Turkey will meet for the finals of the FIBA World Championship 2010. It was surprising that a neophyte Team USA managed to get this far. It was their best so far since 1994 when they won the FIBA Championship.

Kevin Durant powered Team USA with his explosive 38 points, with 17 of those in the first quarter. Duran now holds the new American single-game record at the FIBA World Championship. Carmelo Anthony held the mark previously with 35 against Italy in 2006.

Turkey, had a last minute lay-up to get past Serbia on their semifinals game. The Turkey team will be powered by their desire to show to the home crowd that they will become the first team to defeat Team USA at FIBA 2010 and give a historic upset to them.

For those who will be watching the USA vs Turkey: FIBA 2010 Finals, the game will be on September 12, Sunday at 21:30 (GMT+2). Main broadcast partners for the games are Solar , Basketball TV, and FIBA TV.

Below is the list of the USA vs Turkey at FIBA 2010 Finals: TV Coverage and Schedule:

Europe

  • Albania – Top Channel
  • Andorra – La Sexta & Sport+
  • Armenia – NTV Plus
  • Austria – Sport1(formerly DSF)
  • Belarus – NTV Plus
  • Belgium – Be TV
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina – BHRT
  • Bulgaria – BNT
  • Croatia – HRT
  • Czech Republic – CTV & Sport 1 TV
  • Cyprus – TV Lumiere
  • Denmark – ViaSat Sport
  • England – ESPN UK
  • Estonia – ViaSat Sport
  • Finland – ViaSat Sport
  • France – Sport+
  • F.Y.R. of Macedonia – Sitel
  • Georgia – NTV Plus
  • Germany – Sport1(formerly DSF)
  • Greece – ERT
  • Hungary – Sport 1 TV
  • Italy – RAI
  • Ireland – ESPN UK
  • Israel – The Sport Channel
  • Kosovo – Kohavision
  • Latvia – ViaSat Sport
  • Lithuania – TV3 / ViaSat Sport
  • Lichtenstein – Sport1(formerly DSF)
  • Luxembourg – Sport1(formerly DSF)
  • Moldova – NTV Plus
  • Monaco – Sport+
  • Montenegro – RTCG
  • Norway – ViaSat Sport
  • Poland – TVP & TVP Sport
  • Portugal – Sport TV
  • Romania – Sport 1 TV
  • Russia – NTV Plus
  • Scotland – ESPN UK
  • Serbia – RTS
  • Slovakia – Slovak TV & Sport 1 TV
  • Slovenia – RTVSLO & ASPN & Sport TV
  • Spain – La Sexta
  • Sweden – ViaSat Sport
  • Switzerland – Sport+ & Sport1(formerly DSF)
  • Turkey – NTV
  • Ukraine – NTV Plus
  • Wales – ESPN UK

Middle East

  • Bahrain – Al Jazeera Sport
  • Iran – Al Jazeera Sport
  • Iraq – Al Jazeera Sport
  • Jordan – Al Jazeera Sport
  • Kuwait – Al Jazeera Sport
  • Lebanon – Al Jazeera Sport
  • Oman – Al Jazeera Sport
  • Qatar – Al Jazeera Sport
  • Saudi Arabia – Al Jazeera Sport
  • Syria – Al Jazeera Sport
  • The Palestinian Territories – Al Jazeera Sport
  • UAE – Al Jazeera Sport
  • Yemen – Al Jazeera Sport

Asia

  • Afghanistan – Ten Sports
  • Azerbaijan – NTV Plus
  • Bangladesh – Ten Sports
  • Bhutan – Ten Sports
  • Brunei – ASTRO
  • China – CCTV
  • Chinese Taipei – Videoland
  • Hong Kong – iCable Sports
  • India – Ten Sports
  • Japan – JSports
  • Kazakhstan – NTV Plus
  • Kyrgyzstan – NTV Plus
  • Macau – TDM
  • Malaysia – ASTRO
  • Maldives – Ten Sports
  • Mongolia – TV9
  • Nepal – Ten Sports
  • Pakistan – Ten Sports
  • Philippines – Solar / Basketball TV
  • Tajikistan – NTV Plus
  • Turkmenistan – NTV Plus
  • Sri Lanka – Ten Sports
  • Uzbekistan – NTV Plus

Africa

  • Algeria – Al Jazeera Sport
  • Angola – TPA & Supersport
  • Benin – Sport+ & Supersport
  • Botswana – Supersport
  • Burkina Faso – Sport+ & Supersport
  • Burundi – Sport+ & Supersport
  • Cameroon – Sport+ & Supersport
  • Capo Verde – Sport+ & Supersport
  • Central African Republic – Sport+ & Supersport
  • Chad – Al Jazeera Sport, Sport+ & Supersport
  • Comoros – Supersport
  • Congo (Rep. of Brazzaville) – Supersport
  • Congo (Democratic Republic of) – Sport+ & Supersport
  • Ivory Coast – Sport+ & Supersport
  • Djibouti – Al Jazeera Sport, Sport+ & Supersport
  • Egypt – Al Jazeera Sport, Sport+ & Supersport
  • Equatorial Guinea – Supersport
  • Eritrea – Supersport
  • Ethiopia – Supersport
  • Gabon – Sport+ & Supersport
  • Gambia – Sport+ & Supersport
  • Ghana – Sport+ & Supersport
  • Guinea – Sport+ & Supersport
  • Guinea Bissau – Sport+ & Supersport
  • Guinea Equatorial – Sport+
  • Kenya – Supersport
  • Lesotho – Supersport
  • Liberia – Sport+ & Supersport
  • Libya – Al Jazeera Sport
  • Madagascar – Sport+ & Supersport
  • Malawi – Supersport
  • Mali – Sport+ & Supersport
  • Mauritania – Al Jazeera Sport, Sport+ & Supersport
  • Mauritius – Sport+ & Supersport
  • Mayotte – Supersport
  • Morocco – Al Jazeera Sport, Supersport
  • Mozambique – Supersport
  • Namibia – Supersport
  • Niger – Sport+ & Supersport
  • Nigeria – Supersport
  • Dem. Rep. Congo – Sport+
  • Reunion – Supersport
  • Rwanda – Sport+ & Supersport
  • Sao Tome & Principe – Sport+ & Supersport
  • Senegal – Sport+ & Supersport
  • Seychelles – Supersport
  • Sierra Leone – Sport+ & Supersport
  • Socotra – Supersport
  • Somalia – Al Jazeera Sport, Supersport
  • South Africa – Supersport
  • St. Helena & Ascension – Supersport
  • Sudan – Al Jazeera Sport and Supersport
  • Swaziland – Supersport
  • Tanzania – Supersport
  • Togo – Sport+ & Supersport
  • Tunisia – Al Jazeera Sport
  • Uganda – Supersport
  • Zambia – Supersport
  • Zimbabwe – Supersport

Americas

  • Antigua – Fox Sports
  • Argentina – Direct TV, Canal Sports and TyC Sports
  • Aruba – Fox Sports
  • Barbados – Fox Sports
  • Belize – Fox Sports
  • Bolivia – Direct TV and TyC Sports
  • Brazil – Sportv, ESPN Brasil, Bandsports, Esporte
  • Canada – Interativo
  • Cayman Islands – TSN
  • Chile – Fox Sports
  • Colombia – Direct TV and TyC Sports
  • Costa Rica – Direct TV and TyC Sports
  • Cuba – Fox Sports
  • Dominicana – Fox Sports
  • Dominican Republic – Fox Sports
  • Ecuador – Fox Sports
  • El Salvador – Direct TV and TyC Sports
  • Grenada – Fox Sports
  • Guatemala – Fox Sports
  • Guyana – Fox Sports
  • Haiti – Fox Sports
  • Honduras – Fox Sports
  • Jamaica – Fox Sports
  • Mexico – Fox Sports
  • Montserrat – Fox Sports
  • Nicaragua – Fox Sports
  • Panama – Fox Sports
  • Paraguay – Fox Sports
  • Peru – Direct TV and TyC Sports
  • Puerto Rico – Direct TV and TyC Sports
  • St. Kitts & Nevis – Direct TV / Canal 7
  • St. Lucia – Fox Sports
  • St. Vincent & the Grenadines – Fox Sports
  • Surinam – Fox Sports
  • Trinidad & Tobago – Fox Sports
  • Uruguay – Fox Sports
  • USA – Direct TV and Tyc Sports, ESPN, ESPN 3
  • Venezuela – ESPN and ESPN 3
  • Venezuela – Direct TV

Oceania

  • Australia – Fox Sports
  • New Zeland – Sky

US beats Lithuania 89-74 For Shot At FIBA World Championship 2010

Team USA defeated Lithuania 89-74 in their semifinals match on Saturday to advance to the final match of the FIBA World Championship in Turkey. Kevin Durant led all scorers and set a new scoring record for the United States team with 38 points, breaking Carmelo Anthony’s 35-point output in a single game.

The Americans played with so much inspiration in their semifinal match, commemorating the events on September 11 in New York nine years ago.

Durant, perhaps the most consistent and outstanding player for team USA had a special message written on his sneakers. Lamar Odom, a New York native, was just as motivated with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Andre Iguodala showed that their team of young NBA players can defend too. Lithuanian Linas Kleiza averaged 19.1 points in the tournament but Iguodala limited him to only four points on 1 of 11 field goal shooting.

Their recent win against Lithuania pushes the United States to just a win away from winning the world championship. They have not won the title since 1994.

The Americans meet Turkey for the world championship on Sunday.

USA Advances To Semifinals With Win Over Russia At FIBA World Championship 2010

The United States played inspired basketball to beat Russia, 89-79, to advance to the semifinal round of the FIBA World Championship. Prior to their quarterfinals match, there were exchange of words between US coach Mike Krzyzewski and American coach David Blatt that reopened wounds of the US loss to Russia in 1972 at the Olympic games that was quite unusual in the post-Cold War era.

 Kevin Durant led the US attack with 33 points, with 19 points scored in the first half wherein the Americans took the lead from a 30-35 deficit. Chauncey Billups and Russell Westbrook provided the much needed support with 15 and 12 points respectively. Team USA turned up their defense in the second quarter to lead at the half, 44-39.

The Russians were missing forward Andrei Kirilenko of the Utah Jazz. Kirilenko was the team’s Most Valuable Player when they won the 2007 European Championship. They got good contributions though from Sergey Bykov, Andrei Borontsevich and the New York Knicks’ Timofrey Mozgov.

The United States basketball squad faces Lithuania in the semifinals on Saturday. Lithuania defeated Argentina in the other quarterfinals match to earn a semifinals spot.

FIBA World Championship 2010 Features USA vs Russia

FIBA World Championship 2010 Features USA vs Russia – The quarterfinals of the FIBA World Championship 2010 fits USA against Russia. The Russians would be one of the hardest test for the United States campaign to reclaim the FIBA World Championship, a title they had not held since for very long.

If the United States game with Angola had been a blowout, for sure this game would not be as easy as that one. The Russians are bigger than the Americans. Take the case for example of Mozgov who is matched up against starting center Lamar Odom. Mozgov is five inches taller than him plus he is very agile and is a very good finisher.

Another Russian player, power forward, Andrey Vorontsevich of CSKA Moscow, is four inches taller than his match up player from the USA, Andre Iguodala. The added burden is that this guy can be a poweful 3-point shooter and also an inside player.

Most of the Russian players are relatively unknown outside Russia and prefer it to be that way so that their opponents cannot obtain the data about them and about how they play.

The game for a semifinals slot at the FIBA World Championship between Russia and the USA will surely be a show of strategy on both offense and defense. The best team who can execute well will surely be the winner.

The FIBA World Championship 2010 Russia vs USA commence at 18h00 (GMT+3), Thursday, September 9.

Here are a preview of the two teams during their Eight-Finals game:

USA vs Angola Eight-Finals

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Russia vs New Zealand Eight-Finals

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FIBA World Championship 2010 Update: USA Advances To Quarters With 121-66 Win Over Angola

Team USA advances to the quarterfinals of the FIBA World Championship in Turkey by beating Angola 121-66. The United States men’s basketball team is composed of NBA players but none of them bear the names Kobe, LeBron, Dwayne, Melo or Dwight. Still, the expectations are high out of the American squad. They have not been impressive in their group qualifier matches, barely edging Brazil 70-68 after a Leandro Barbosa miss at the buzzer.

On Monday, the Americans showed some of the things why they should be installed as tournament favorites. Coach Mike Krzyzewski got more mileage from the bench this time and the team forced their opponents to turnovers that they converted into fastbreak points.

Team USA showed from the get-go that it was a mismatch playing the Angolans. Chauncey Billups played shooting guard despite being a natural point guard in the NBA, contributing 19 points. Kevin Durant, who has been their most consistent player, had 17 points. Eric Gordon and Rudy Gay also added 17 points apiece, providing balanced offense for the US squad.

Team USA Barely Gets By Brazil At FIBA World Championship 2010

Team USA beat Brazil 70-68 on Monday at the FIBA World Championship in Turkey. The United States stayed unbeaten three games into the FIBA World Championship but Brazil showed that this team of NBA stars is not invincible. The game was in fact decided at the last second when Leandro Barbosa of Brazil missed his final shot that just rimmed out.

This recent win puts the United States on top of Group B. However, it exposed some things that the Americans need to work on.

Brazil was supposed to utilize its size advantage with Nene, Anderson Varejao and Tiago Splitter against a smaller US lineup. Injuries to Nene and Varejao forced Brazil to adjust and use speed instead in giving the Americans a run for their money. Brazil led most of the time in the first 30 minutes of the game until Lamar Odom gave team USA the lead on a dunk with about seven minutes left in the ballgame.

It was clear that the US squad could not pull away from a tough Brazilian team. It took another big game from Kevin Durant who scored 27 points and veteran Chauncey Billups

 The United States may have tougher times ahead in their quest for a FIBA World Championship.

Kevin Durant Played Hero In US Win At FIBA World Championship 2010

The United States basketball team that went to Turkey for the recent FIBA World Championship did not have the names Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Carmelo Anthony and any other NBA superstar. Dubbed as the B-team, this team composed of young NBA players proved critics wrong by winning the world championship for the first time in 16 years.

Playing a major role in the Americans’ world dominance in basketball is Kevin Durant, a rising NBA star from the Oklahoma City Thunder. Unlike other NBA stars who were not so willing to play for the flag, Durant considers playing for the national team an honor.

In their semifinal game against Lithuania on September 11, Durant wore sneakers with a message to commemorate the incident nine years ago. In that semifinal match wherein team USA clobbered Lithuania, 89-74, Durant scored a team record 38 points.

In the final match against Turkey, Durant scored 28 points to power the United States to an 81-64 win. This proved that the young American squad is no B-team and truly deserves to be called champion.

FIBA World Championship 2010 Semifinals Results and Highlights

FIBA World Championship 2010 Semifinals Results and Highlights – The finals are on this Sunday, September 12, 2010 and it is between the United States and host country Turkey. Team USA defeated Lithuania, 89-74 and Turkey defeated Serbia 83-82 in their respective semifinals games.

The FIBA World Championship 2010 semifinals had indeed been thrilling and full of suspense as expected particularly the game between Turkey and Serbia. It was Kerem Tunceri’s lay-up that made the difference. Turkey was down 82-81 with 4.3 second 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.

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The game was indeed very close between the two and Serbia was left with 0.5 seconds in the game but the last attempt of the Serbians to snatch the win came to frustration when Novica Velickovic’s attempt was deflected as time ran out.

Team USA on the other hand was once again the starts as Kebin Durrant rallied with 38 points and 17 of that in the first quarter. It was a joyous September 11 for everyone, and a celebration worth the smiles and congratulations in coincidence with 9/11.

“To be playing in another country and playing for your country on a great day like this, which was tough for our country in 2001 when the towers fell, it’s truly an honor and a blessing,” said Durant to FIBA.com.

Team USA will not be in the FIBA World Championship Final for the first time since 1994. The team of the United States had none of the players from the gold-medal winning side at the Olympics but Kevin Durant and his team mates made the difference this time at the FIBA 2010.

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They will be facing host team Turkey in a sure to be firmly contested and exciting game.

“To be in the gold medal game it’s truly an honor and a privilege,” Durant said. “We just have to go out there and play our hardest. We are looking forward to going out there and trying to bring the gold back to the US. It’s going to be a tough game for us no matter who we play but I think we are up for the challenge.”

Lithuania will face Serbia for the battle for third place.