Team USA ran away with another dominating victory in the 2014 FIBA World Cup final, scoring an easy 129-92 victory over Serbia to take the gold medal in the tournament.
Kyrie Irving was the star of stars on Sunday as he erupted for 26 points on 10-for-13 shooting, including a 6-for-6 clip from the three-point region, while also dishing out four assists.
With his excellent performance in the 2014 FIBA World Cup, Irving, who averaged 12.1 points to go along with 3.6 assists and 2.6 rebounds in nine games, was named as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
“This is by far the biggest accomplishment of my life,” Irving said of winning the World Cup and being named as MVP. “We did it with a bunch of guys that came together on July 27, and we have been together every day since, except the 10-day period we had off. This feels amazing. It’s one of the greatest feelings that I’ve ever felt.”
James Harden also had a productive game as he finished with 23 points to go along with three rebounds and two assists, while Klay Thompson and Kenneth Faried posted 12 points each with the latter racking up seven rebounds.
With the win, USA became the first country to successfully defend their world title since Yugoslavia won two straight in 1998 and 2002. The Americans did it in a dominating fashion, winning by an average margin of 32.5 points.
The Americans had an easier route to the title as Spain, who are considered as the biggest threat to the tournament favorite, got booted out the tournament in the quarterfinals.
Spain was caught off guard in the quarterfinals as France scored a 65-52 upset win to spoil the highly anticipated showdown between the host country and USA in the final.
“It is a painful defeat,” Spain captain Pau Gasol said of losing to France. “We had big hopes and up until now had been playing very well. I am proud of the team and my team-mates. It reminds me of Athens 2004 (Olympics) when we won all the games and we lost in the quarter-finals. It is very painful but it is part of sport.”