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.

Derek Fisher Stays Loyal To LA Lakers

Veteran point guard Derek Fisher had two shots at another NBA championship. For one, the Miami Heat is reportedly interested in signing him up to join its big three of LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. On the other hand, he also has an opportunity to play alongside Kobe Bryant and the LA Lakers to go for another three-peat next NBA season.

What made Fisher decide to stay with the Lakers is beyond the money he could possibly earn. After playing eleven seasons with Kobe and winning five NBA rings so far, it was hard for him to leave what he has called home for almost the entirety of his professional basketball career.

The core of last year’s champion team is still intact with Bryant, Lamar Odom, Pau Gasol, Ron Artest and Andrew Bynum. With Derek Fisher back in the Lakers lineup next season, they are just as formidable as last year and will surely pose a huge roadblock to contenders like the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics. One more ring, Kobe!