ISTANBUL, Turkey (Sept. 2, 2010) - Behind Eric Gordon's (Los Angeles Clippers) game high 21 points, 13 which came in the second half, the United States dominated Tunisia (0-5) in the second half and closed out preliminary play at the FIBA World Championship with a perfect 5-0 record after handling Tunisia 92-57..
The USA again featured a balanced scoring attack with 11 players scoring. Gordon led the charge for the red, white and blue behind 7-of-10 shooting overall, 4-of-7 from 3-point, in 25 minutes of action. Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) added 14 points in 18 minutes; Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) was also credited with 14 points, andStephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) accounted for 13 points and drained 3-of-5 3-pointers.
The win concluded the USA's preliminary round play and the Americans next play on Monday against Angola (2-3), the No. 4 seed from Group A. Medal round quarterfinals action is slated for Sept. 8-9, with semifinals scheduled for Sept. 11 and the gold and bronze medal games will be contested Sept. 12.
"In practice we have to get better. In these next few days, we have to get better. We have had eight games in 13 days and coach would tell you that when you have a lot of games, there is slippage. So we have to take care of slippage but I know our guys want to take care of that. Hopefully - I think we are going to play Angola - on Monday night, we need to be ready for that and remember it's one and done. If you don't win, you can't win it. It's kind of like the NCAA tournament," USA and Duke University head coach Mike Krzyzewski said.
With Group B's number one seed already assured regardless of the final preliminary round game's result, the USA was sluggish in the game's first two quarters.
The U.S. trailed 8-6 with 4:26 left in the opening quarter after Tunisia's Marouan Kechrid connected on his first of his five made 3-pointers. Durant pumped in the first five points of a 13-3 USA surge that saw its lead increased to 19-11.
With Coach Krzyzewski going with a different five to start the second period, Gordon pushed the U.S. ahead 22-13 with a drive and an ensuing free throw after being fouled. With 7:06 left in the second quarter, following two consecutive baskets by Curry, the USA was up 28-18.