2010 FIBA World Championship: U.S. Trounces Tunisia, Sweeps Group B
The United States completed a five-game sweep of its Group B assignments on Thursday, as the Americans used a second-half surge to keep Tunisia winless in the tournament with a 92-57 victory in Istanbul, Turkey.
Eric Gordon led the U.S. with 21 points while Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook added 14 each. The Americans, who were assured of being the Group B top seeds going into the game, allowed the Tunisians to stay close for most of the match. With the Americans missing all but one of their three-point attempts in the first half, the Tunisians, who were in their first World Championship appearance, came within two points before the U.S. scored four-straight to take the half, 39-33.
The first couple of minutes of the third quarter proved to be a repeat of the first half, as Tunisia stayed within four of the U.S. However, the U.S. unleashed an 8-0 run to make it 53-39 with 3:58 left in the quarter. Gordon and Stephen Curry drained back-to-back threes late in the quarter to give the U.S. a 63-46 lead going into the final period. It was all U.S. in the fourth period, as the Americans scored 29 points while limiting Tunisia to only 11.
The U.S. will face Group A fourth seed Angola in the Round of 16 on September 6.