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.