2010 FIBA World Championship: U.S. Wins 4th-Straight

No scare this time. A day after surviving a gritty Brazil squad, the Americans were back to their dominating selves as they cruised to their fourth win in a row by thrashing Iran, 88-51, in Istanbul.

Kevin Love had 13 points, Kevin Durant scored 12 points, and Derrick Rose added 11 as the Americans manhandled the Iranians despite good performances from captain Mahdi Kamrani and Arsalan Kazemi, who put on a first-half show with nine points. The U.S. took the first half, 42-28, before extending its lead to 62-39 going into the final quarter.

The Americans did not relax in the fourth as they scored 26 more points compared to the Iranians’ 12. Iranian center Hamed Ehadadi, who plays for the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies, led all scorers with 19 points.

The win assured the U.S. of going into the knockout phase as the top seed of Group B, which means that the Americans will face the fourth and last qualifier in Group A. Based on current standings, the fourth seed in Group A could either be Australia, Angola, or Germany.