Team USA takes gold at 2014 FIBA World Cup
Bay Area representing
Golden State Warriors guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay and center DeMarcus Cousins were selected to Team USA's final 12-player roster for the 2014 FIBA World Cup, taking place in Spain from Aug. 30-Sept. 14.
Game 1 -- USA vs. Finland
Team USA opened its 2014 FIBA World Cup against Finland and recorded a 114-55 blowout win, holding the opposition to two second-quarter points. Warriors guard Klay Thompson led Team USA with 18 points and Golden State teammate Stephen Curry led the team with five assists. Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins collected a game-high 10 rebounds.
Game 2 -- Turkey vs. USA
Team USA trailed Turkey 40-35 at the half, but a big second half spurred the US to a 98-77 victory in their second game of pool play. Denver Nuggets F Kenneth Faried led the team with 22 points and eight rebounds. Curry and Thompson scored all of their points from beyond the arc, combining to go 5-for-13.
Game 3 -- USA vs. New Zealand
Team USA won its third game 98-71 over New Zealand. It was never close, as Curry and Thompson scored 12 points apiece. Anthony Davis led the way with 21 points and nine rebounds.
Game 4 -- Dominican Republic vs. USA
Game 4 was another blowout win for Team USA, as they clinched the top spot in the pool by dispatching the Dominican Republic, 106-71. Curry filled up the stat sheet with eight points, seven assists and six rebounds. DeMarcus Cousins scored 13 points in 12 minutes and Rudy Gay tallied nine points, five assists and four rebounds.
Game 5 -- Ukraine vs. USA
Team USA's fifth and final pool-play win came in a 95-71 victory over Ukraine. James Harden scored a game-high 17 points. Curry scored 14 in 19 minutes and Cousins added 11 in 15 minutes.
Game 6 -- USA vs. Mexico
Team USA drew Mexico for the Round of 16 and defeated their southern neighbors 86-63 thanks to strong play from the Bay Area reps. Stephen Curry lit it up with six three-pointers, scoring 20 points in 24 minutes. Klay Thompson added 15 in 22 minutes. DeMarcus Cousins scored 11 points and Rudy Gay scored 10, each playing 13 minutes.
Game 7 -- USA vs. Slovenia
USA Basketball faced Slovenia in the quarterfinals and was not challenged. A seven-point halftime lead became a 43-point deficit as Klay Thompson led all scorers with 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting in 28 minutes. Team USA outscored Slovenia 70-34 in the second half.
Game 8 -- USA vs. Lithuania
It was an emotional semifinal between USA Basketball and Lithuania Thursday evening in Barcalona. DeMarcus Cousins drew a technical after he wound up to punch Jonas Valanciunas, who elbowed him in the neck. After Klay Thompson's 14 first-half points kept the US on top, the Americans separated in the third quarter, coming out of the locker room with an 18-2 run. They'll face the winner of the semifinal game between France and Serbia for the title.
Game 9 -- USA vs. Serbia
Team USA was not to be deterred, defeating Serbia 129-92 for the 2014 FIBA Wold Cup gold medal and an automatic bid in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil. Curry, Thompson, Gay and Cousins all scored in double figures as Team USA completed its perfect 9-0 run through the tournament.
The Splash Brothers combined to make 43 of Team USA's 77 three-pointers over the tournament, with Thompson edging Curry by one, 22-21. Thompson averaged 12.7 points per game for the United States, second only to James Harden's 14.2. Curry averaged 10.7 points per game.