FIBA World Cup: U.S. pounds Finland 114-55

BILBAO, SPAIN – The depth, talent and size of the U.S. Men’s Senior National Team was on ull display in its opener at the 2014 FIBA World Cup. The U.S jumped on Finland early and cruised to a an easy 114-55 win before a decidedly pro-Finland crowd that estimated at close to 10,000.

Anthony Davis, Klay Thompson, Rudy Gay and Derrick Rose led a balanced scoring effort for the defending World and Olympic champions. They’ll face a tougher task in Turkey, winners over New Zealand earlier in the day, on Sunday.

Finland wasn’t much of a warm-up. The U.S. lead was 60-18 at halftime, bolstered bv a jaw-dropping second quarter that saw them hold Finland without a made basket, and ballooned to 89-39 after three quarters. The U.S. forced 17 first half turnovers and used swarming defense to take Finland out of any flow they might have shown in the early moments of the game.

The 29-2 second quarter run, though, was the show force the U.S. used to set the tone.

“That’s the way we have to play,” Gay said. “That is the backbone of what this team is going to be about. Everybody knows we can score. But it all starts on defense for us.”

The U.S. has now won 55 straight games in World Cup (previously World Championship) competition.

11 Comments

  1. greg kite says:

    USA needs some competition….

  2. nnonowrongagain says:

    hahaha this sekou smith is.. well. you know. ok ok. bye sekou ! kiss

  3. Aleksis says:

    Awful game for us, too much fear and respect led to losing our poise and identity as a team. Too many turnovers. Still, this was the most memorable game ever for every single finnish basketball fan, thanks to Team USA! And what a highlight reel it was. Such a cool viewing experience. We have the best fans. On 2 the next one!

  4. jempeb1914 says:

    well thats us basketball team wat do you expect to them ofcourse theyre the best in the world. but dont go easy to a team thats always being the under dog my bet was on spain.

  5. pruebasector says:

    Huge USA Team !! Sekou, there are 7.000 Finnish fans in Bilbao.

  6. "smart NBA fan" says:

    funny sekou smith didnt mention lebron being the best in the world in this article. lol what a joke…. im done reading on nba dot com i rather go to espn or yahoo sports than listen to this guy always on lebrons band wagon and you stay kobe hating. quit it bro

  7. Having Rose come off the bench is really leaving him to his own vices. I think this is great for the team because the defense within the first 30 seconds of him on the court is going to begin to key in on him. That just opens up the floor. I did notice that our D was was bit to aggressive for the FIBA refs, lets see if that is a trend or a blip.

  8. Could’ve been 100

  9. FlyingFinn says:

    Just don’t care about the score. Just amazing to see Finnish guys play against the best. Biggest game ever for us! Sorry we couldn’t make it a contest.

  10. Schozo Silverstein says:

    Astounding grammar and editing in this post.

  11. cp10 says:

    Wow. I was watching the early minutes (USA leading already) and thought Finland had some skills and speed; but I guess USA is better in both!