2010 FIBA World Championship: U.S. Survives Brazil

The U.S. team was finally tested on Monday at the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey, and what has always been suspected about the squad coming into the tournament became clear at the Abdi ─░pekci Arena when the Americans barely survived a hard-fighting Brazil.

Leandro Barbosa missed a game-tying shot for Brazil with less than four seconds remaining to hand the Americans a 70-68 victory. Brazil, behind Barbosa and Marcus Vinicius, started hot to take the first quarter 28-22. The Americans responded in the second and third quarters to take the upper hand, thanks to the hot shooting of Kevin Durant, who finished with 27 points to go with 10 rebounds.

The game was tight all throughout, but the Americans took the advantage, 64-62, with a little over seven minutes remaining on a Lamar Odom dunk. Chauncy Billups gave the U.S. a four-point lead, 70-66, on a lay-up with less than seven minutes left in the game. Billups’ basket proved to be the last for the Americans, who had to rely on defense and the Brazilians’ bad shooting, to survive. Barbosa cut the U.S. lead to two after a drive with 33 seconds to go. After Marcelo Huertas missed the first of two free throws following a Durant foul, the Brazilian intentionally missed the second and grabbed his own miss. Huertas then passed to Barbosa, whose shot over Kevin Love bounced off the rim before falling out.