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.

Lithuania Clobbers Argentina 104-85 At FIBA World Championship 2010

Lithuania played like true championship contenders in their quarterfinals match against Argentina on Thursday. They defeated favorites Argentina 104-85 to advance to the semifinal round of the FIBA World Championship for the first time. Lithuania is set to meet powerhouse team USA in the semifinals on Saturday.

Lithuania shot well from the floor, distributing the ball well that resulted to a balanced offense that kept the opponents guessing on defense. They also played great defense by limiting Argentina’s leading scorer Luis Scola of the Houston Rockets. The hardworking Scola averaged a shade over 30 points per game but was limited to 13 points.

Seven players from Lithuania scored in double figures led by NBA veteran Linas Kleiza of the Toronto Raptors. Simas Jasaitis, Tomas Delininkaitis and Martynus Pocius added 16 points each. Pocius played for Duke under current US coach Mike Krzyzewski. The semifinals match on Saturday between the US and Lithuania would be an unusual for them.