ISTANBUL – After winning its last three games by an average of 42 points, the U.S. National Team is in a tough battle against Russia in the quarterfinals of the 2010 FIBA World Championship.
The U.S. trailed by as many as five points midway through the second quarter, but went on a 12-0 run and took a five-point lead into halftime.
- Rebounding has been as issue for the U.S., allowing Russia to grab nine offensive rebounds (with four more going Russia’s way out of bounds). But Russia has been able to turn those 13 extra opportunities into only seven second-chance points.
- Kevin Durant leads all scorers with 19 points on 6-for-11 shooting. Andre Iguodala and Lamar Odom have five rebounds apiece for the U.S.
- Guard Sergey Bykov leads Russia with 10 points, while new Knicks center Timofey Mozgov added nine in just 10 minutes of action, thanks to some poor pick-and-roll defense from the U.S.
- It has been one of the faster-paced games of the tournament, with each team having the ball 38 times in the first half, despite all the offensive rebounds.
- The U.S. had some issues dealing with Russia’s multiple defenses early on (they scored on just two of 12 possessions spanning the first and second quarters), but the Americans scored on seven of their last eight possessions of the half.
- The U.S. had a huge advantage at the foul line, hitting 14 of their 18 attempts there. Russia has attempted just three free throws and has made just one.
- Coming into the game, these were the best (USA, 87.5 points allowed per 100 possession) and fourth-best (Russia, 95.0) defenses in the tournament.