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Sunday, September 14, 2014

The USA beat Serbia 129-92 Sunday in the championship game of the FIBA World Cup (video)

Team USA was shaky for the first five minutes. They were anything but in the next 35, raining three after three to defeat Serbia, 129-92, and win another FIBA World Cup gold medal.

(Photo: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno, Getty Images)

they finished this tournament. Not only did they overcome the absences of half a dozen or so NBA All-Stars and the Paul George injury that left everyone in this proud program rattled, but they also extended their winning streak to 63 games (including 18 exhibitions) in the sort of one-sided fashion (a 33-point average margin of victory) that left no question about this group's prowess.

The Americans became just the third team to win back-to-back FIBA titles and won their fifth overall, and they did it despite putting a small scare into the homeland before the rout was on. The win means they automatically qualify for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

The all-tournament team announced after the game featured Team USA's Kyrie Irving and Kenneth Faried as well as Serbia's Milos Teodosic, France's Nicolas Batum and Spain's Pau Gasol. Irving was named tournament MVP. {source}