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USA Wins FIBA World Cup With 129-92 Rout of Serbia

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Kyrie Irving caught fire from downtown, torching Serbia to the tune of 26 points while earning a spot on the all-tournament team and the honor of FIBA World Cup MVP

Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno

The USA dominated much like they have in the rest of the tournament, running away with the FIBA World Cup championship with a 129-92 victory over Serbia.

The United States came out flat in the first quarter. Milos Teodosic controlled the game by smoothly running the pick-and-roll, and Serbia jumped out to a 15-7 lead, giving the USA its largest deficit of the tournament.

Then Kyrie Irving happened.

Irving exploded for 15 points on 3-3 from three-point range in the quarter, as the Americans went on a 28-6 run propelled by red-hot shooting from downtown and some missed Serbian opportunities, notably a few botched inside opportunities from Nenad Krstic.

In the second quarter the USA got into some foul trouble as Anthony Davis and Kenneth Faried picked up their third fouls of the contest and DeMarcus Cousins was called for his second, but it didn't matter much as the United States continued the assault and pushed the lead to 67-38 before Nikola Kilinic drilled a desperation three at the halftime buzzer to cut the USA lead to 26.

With the game virtually decided at the half, the USA cruised through the final 20 minutes, out-scoring Serbia 38-26 in the third and actually lost the fourth quarter 24-25.

Irving finished the game leading all scorers with 26 points on 10-13 shooting, and James Harden poured on 23 on 8-11 from the field. The USA shot 58 percent from the field and 15-30 from three-point range. Kilinic lead Serbia with 18 points, while Teodosic added 10 points and seven assists.

Kenneth Faried and Kyrie Irving represented the USA on the all-tournament team featuring Pau Gasol, Nicolas Batum and Milos Teodosic, and Irving was named tournament MVP.

There was legitimate criticism about the way the USA's roster was constructed, and things weren't made any better with the horrific Paul George injury and the disappointing withdrawals of Kevin Durant and Kevin Love. But ultimately it didn't matter. The United States rolled through the tournament, winning every game by more than 20 points. Perhaps the final would have played out differently if Spain met the USA as expected, but ultimately the Americans took advantage of a good situation, obliterated Serbia, and secured the 2016 Olympics berth they set out for.