USA vs. Serbia: Live Score, Highlights for 2014 FIBA World Cup Championship Game

After two weeks of play, the field for the 2014 FIBA World Cup has been narrowed down to Serbia and Team USA for the title game Sunday in Madrid, Spain.

The Americans have coasted to this point, as they’re undefeated and the smallest margin of victory was 21 points against Turkey.

Serbia may be the toughest test yet, thanks in large part to Milos Teodosic.

The 6’5″ Serbian guard is averaging 14 points during the tournament, but he’s been especially dangerous lately, averaging 23.5 points in his team’s last two games.

U.S. guards Kyrie Irving, Stephen Curry and James Harden have never been known for their defense, so reserve Klay Thompson could have a bigger role. The three-and-D specialist should have a better shot at slowing Teodosic down than any other American.

 

Tipoff3 p.m. ET

Coverage: ESPN2

 

Keys to the Game

Serbia will need a miracle, maybe even a few miracles, to upset the heavily favored Team USA. The Serbians will have to try to slow the pace way down, pack the paint, hope USA goes cold from the outside and get a huge game from Teodosic.

On the other end, the Americans have done their best work in this tournament during second halves, when their opponents wear down and fast-break opportunities are more readily available.

If they work the ball inside to their more athletic bigs, Kenneth Faried and Anthony Davis, early, they could get to that point sooner.

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France vs. Lithuania: Live Score, Highlights for FIBA World Cup 3rd-Place Game

After losing to USA and Serbia in their respective semifinal matchups, France and Lithuania are set to do battle in the consolation game at the 2014 FIBA World Cup on Saturday.

Lithuania will likely look to pound the ball inside with big man Jonas Valanciunas, while France will attack from the perimeter with Nicolas Batum and Boris Diaw.

 

Tipoff12 p.m. ET

Coverage: ESPN3.com

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Serbia vs. France: Live Score, Highlights for FIBA World Cup 2014 Semifinal

After stunning upsets in the quarterfinals against Brazil and Spain, Serbia and France are now set to take each other on in the semifinals of the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

Serbia demolished Brazil Wednesday by a final score of 84-56, thanks in large part to a huge 23-point performance from Milos Teodosic.

Later that day, France pulled off the upset of the tourney, beating Spain 65-52 thanks to a stifling defensive effort led by reserve center Rudy Gobert, whose 13 rebounds were more than the combined total of Marc and Pau Gasol.

 

TipoffESPN2

Coverage: 4 p.m. ET

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FIBA World Cup 2014 Results: Tracking Semifinal Scores and Highlights

The favorites to win the gold medal, especially with Spain out of the picture, the United States kicked off the semifinals at the 2014 FIBA World Cup Thursday with a resounding win.

A trio of superstars led the way for Team USA in the 96-68 win over Lithuania, a team that now heads to the third-place game this weekend. Kyrie Irving‘s team will head into the final as a large favorite, as the team continues to perform more cohesively with each win.

The entertaining affair was just half of the semifinals action, though, as two shocking underdogs clash Friday when France meets Serbia to set the final in stone.

Let’s take a look at how the semifinals played out in Spain.

 

2014 FIBA World Cup Semifinal Results

Full updated tournament bracket can be viewed at FIBA.com.

 

United States 96, Lithuania 68

Mike Krzyzewski’s team stormed out to an early lead and never looked back Thursday behind a Big Three of its own.

Irving scored 18 points and was flanked by James Harden and Klay Thompson, who added 16 points apiece. The team as a whole seemed to have a renewed sense of focus, shooting nearly 50 percent from the field by night’s end.

The energy and focus from the United States was palpable begging from the tipoff, even though the two did not birth a great shooting start. Squarely the favorites to win the gold after shocking upsets on the other side of the bracket, Krzyzewski’s comments before the game made even more sense, per The Associated Press, via Fox Sports:

To the basketball people of the world, this is the event. Remember, the Olympics is every sport, so you’ve got a bunch of people who are excited about swimming, track, all the events, and you put them together and it creates this spectacle that basketball is a part of.

Basketball’s not a part of this event. Basketball is the event and there’s a big difference and we’ve learned that.

Thompson was the most notable player on the day for the United States, which jumped out to an early 21-16 advantage in the first frame and heated up in the second half. As the NBA‘s Twitter account noted early on, the Golden State Warriors star has upped his game as of late:

Throughout the first half, there were brief flirtations with upset vibes, as Team USA members such as Steph Curry got themselves into foul trouble, testing the depth of Krzyzewski’s bench.

It was Thompson who answered the call each and every time. His reliable sparks on 7-of-12 shooting kept the Lithuanian side at bay the entire night. As the AP’s Brian Mahoney muses, Thompson may have solidified himself as the team’s most important player moving forward:

Lithuania did not go down without a fight, though, and took full advantage of Team USA’s foul trouble by attempting 42 shots from the charity stripe, missing only 10. Still, that proved to be the main source of production the entire night.

Star big man Jonas Valanciunas wound up attempting just four field goals and finished with 15 points. Adas Juskevicius went 1-of-8 from the field with 12 points. The side’s best player turned out to be Mindaugas Kuzminskas, who shot 6-of-9 from the field with 15 points, nine boards and two blocks.

Thanks to a reduction in fouls, Team USA ended the game with a decisive third frame that saw Thompson and Co. score 33 points to Lithuania’s 14.

As Josh Newman of SNYNets.com notes, Krzyzewski will not see enough credit thrown his direction for slowly but surely taking the young, erratic clay that is this Team USA roster and molding it into a gold-medal favorite as it sliced its way through the bracket:

This particular team, sans some of the greats such as Kevin Durant, has grown dramatically under the watchful eye of the globe over the course of the tournament.

All that remains is for Krzyzewski to keep the young roster grounded. While his team dodged the bullet that was Spain, either one of Friday’s semifinals participants has the firepower to hang around if they do not come out and at least match Thursday’s energy.

 

France vs. Serbia Preview

Fans can be forgiven for writing off both France and Serbia as realistic participants by the time the semifinals rolled around. After all, France finished third and Serbia fourth in Group A with mediocre showings against the best the early stages had to offer.

France somehow found a way to take down the imposing Spain frontcourt of Pau and Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka in front of a hostile crowd, 65-52. The team has big man Rudy Gobert to thank for that, as his breakout performance with five points and 13 boards lifted the entire roster. Veteran Boris Diaw led the way with 15 points.

Then there was Serbia, which blew through its quarterfinal matchup with Brazil, 84-54. That sort of outcome makes sense when one realizes the team shot exactly 50 percent from the field, led by Milos Teodosic’s 23 points.

Dominance beneath the rim or supreme efficiency is sure to take center stage Friday. Team USA awaits in the final.

 

Note: Stats and info via ESPN and FIBA.com unless otherwise specified.

 

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FIBA World Cup 2014 Results: Scores, Updated Bracket and Day 10 Highlights

The second day of the quarterfinals at the 2014 FIBA World Cup of Basketball was tasked with living up to the expectations of an exciting start to the round, but the four teams in action Wednesday promised not to disappoint.

With a packed schedule that featured Serbia taking on Brazil and Spain squaring off against France, basketball fans have become enamored with this international tournament.    

While Team USA was not in action on Day 10, the Americans must be sure to study the tape because one of the teams playing Wednesday will be the group of players they take on in the finals. Team USA must beat Lithuania first, though.

Here are the Day 10 scores and highlights. The full updated tournament bracket can be viewed at FIBA.com.

*Scores via FIBA.com.

 

Day 10 Results and Highlights 

After watching Team USA and Lithuania advance to the semifinals on Tuesday, four more teams took to the courts in order to advance in the single-elimination format.

In the first game of the day, Serbia stunned Brazil by manhandling the team throughout the matchup, eventually winning 84-56.

Serbia was guided by the 23 points from Milos Teodosic and the 10 points from Miroslav Raduljica in the starting lineup, but the real story was the bench. Both Bogdan Bogdanovic and Nenad Krstic racked up double-digit points despite not starting.

Despite having more star power, Brazil was outplayed in almost every facet of the game. While Anderson Varejao scored 12 points and added nine rebounds, only Marquinhos Vieira managed to score double-digit points in support.

Combined, Brazil’s starting five only scored 36 points.

In the other quarterfinals matchup on Wednesday, Spain will take on France at 4 p.m. ET.

For the fans wondering when Team USA will be back in action, the Americans take on Lithuania on Thursday at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN. If the United States is victorious over a team it will be favorites to beat, it will advance to the finals.

With another day of entertaining quarterfinals action in the FIBA World Cup, all eyes have shifted to the semifinals and which two teams will square off with the championship on the line.

 

*Stats via FIBA.com.

 

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Serbia vs. Brazil: Live Score, Highlights for FIBA World Cup 2014 Quarterfinal

In the third quarterfinal matchup of the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain, Serbia will take on Brazil in Madrid’s Palacio de los Deportes.

The two teams faced off in group play, with Brazil winning by a final score of 81-73. Marquinhos Vieira scored 21 points to lead Brazil. while Leandro Barbosa added 16.

 

Tipoff: 12 p.m. ET

Coverage: ESPN2 

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FIBA World Cup 2014 Results: Scores, Updated Bracket and Day 9 Highlights

The 2014 FIBA World Cup of Basketball has reached the quarterfinals. After weeks of group play and the round of 16, the last eight teams remaining will fight for the chance to advance to the semifinals.   

With Lithuania taking on Turkey in the first game of the day and Team USA battling Slovenia, basketball fans understand the caliber of competition at the international level. Even casual NBA fans can’t help but be sucked into the action.

Here are the Day 9 scores and highlights. The full updated tournament bracket can be viewed at FIBA.com.

*Scores via FIBA.com.

 

Day 9 Results and Highlights

The quarterfinals kicked off with a bang on Tuesday when Lithuania defeated Turkey, 76-61.

Lithuania has been playing well since struggling at times in the group stage and it has paid off with big wins in elimination games. Led by the 19 points from Renaldas Seibutis, 13 points from Martynas Pocius and 12 points from Jonas Valanciunas, the Lithuanians were able to cruise to a decisive victory.

Valanciunas also managed to add 13 rebounds in the game.

For Turkey, it was the lack of depth that killed the team’s chances. Four of the five starters managed to score double-digit points (Kerem Gonlum led the way with 13 points), but the team could only manage six points off the bench.

Team USA is in action against Slovenia in the second game of the day. The two sides will square off at 3 p.m. ET and the winner will advance to play against Lithuania in the next round. The Americans are clearly the best team in the tournament and should cruise to an easy win.

As well as Lithuania has played, the team would be no match for the United States.

Let’s hope Day 10’s FIBA World Cup matchups are as exciting as Tuesday’s.

 

*Stats via FIBA.com.

 

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Brazil vs. Argentina: Live Score, Highlights for FIBA World Cup 2014 Round of 16

We’re on to the elimination round of the 2014 FIBA World Cup, and Brazil and Argentina compete Sunday at 4 p.m. ET for a bid to a quarterfinal matchup against Serbia. 

Argentina has been led by Indiana Pacers forward Luis Scola, who has averaged 21 points and nine rebounds per game over the tournament. Facundo Campazzo and Pablo Prigioni have handled the point guard duties effectively, averaging 5.0 and 4.4 assists, respectively. 

Brazil has staggered their scoring well, with six players posting at least eight points per game. Leandro Barbosa, at 31 years of age, has led the team in scoring with 13.6 a game, while Anderson Varejao has been the squad’s leading rebounder with 7.6 per contest. Marcelinho Huertas has put on a beautiful passing display over his five games, dishing five or more assists in three games. 

Argentina will need to compete with Brazil’s glut of NBA-caliber big men in Varejao, Nene and Tiago Splitter. The Argentines have shot well from along the perimeter, but the difference today could come from inside the arc, where Brazil has asserted themselves thus far.

You can catch this one at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN3. Be sure to follow along here through the final horn for live updates. 

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FIBA World Cup 2014 Results: Scores, Updated Bracket and Day 8 Highlights

The round of 16 at the 2014 FIBA World Cup of Basketball began on Saturday with four marquee games, and the madness continues on Day 8 when the final four teams advance to the quarterfinals.    

With talented teams like Brazil, Serbia and New Zealand all in action, even casual basketball fans should be watching the FIBA event to determine which nation Team USA will have to overcome if the team gets past Slovenia in the quarterfinals.

Here are the Day 8 results, scores, updated bracket and highlights from Sunday’s action.

 

Round of 16 Bracket

 

Day 8 Scores

Lithuania 76, New Zealand 71

 

Day 8 Results and Highlights

The first day of round of 16 action lived up to the expectations, and basketball fans are hoping for the same from Sunday. With four marquee matchups on the schedule, that won’t be an issue.

The day started with Lithuania defeating New Zealand, 76-71. Lithuania had several players step up during this game, but none made an impact as large as Jonas Valanciunas. The big man racked up 22 points and added 13 rebounds as well.

Even in defeat, Corey Webster of New Zealand proved to be one of the best players on the court. He paced his team with 26 points and added four rebounds to further prove the effort level he was putting on display.

The rest of the day’s schedule includes Serbia vs. Greece, Turkey vs. Australia and Brazil vs. Argentina.

Team USA beat Mexico on Saturday to advance to the next round and will now take on Slovenia Tuesday. The Americans remain unbeaten in the tournament and look to be the clear favorite to bring home the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

With a full schedule on Sunday and a day off on Monday, the FIBA tournament is just starting to heat up.

 

*Stats via FIBA.com.

 

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Serbia vs. Greece: Live Score and Highlights for FIBA World Cup 2014

Serbia and Greece will square off Sunday afternoon in the round of 16 at the FIBA World Cup in Madrid.

Be sure to catch current NBA players Giannis Antetokounmpo and Nick Calathes, incoming rookie Bogdan Bogdanovic and former NBA big man Nenad Krstic at 12 p.m. ET on NBA TV.

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