Mon, September 13, 2010
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U.S. wins world basketball championship

2010-09-13 02:12:24 GMT2010-09-13 10:12:24 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

U.S. players celebrate their victory over Turkey during the 2010 FIBA Basketball World Championship final games in Istanbul, Turkey, on Sept. 12, 2010. U.S. defeated Turkey 81 to 64 and won the championship. (Xinhua/Cai Yang)

U.S. player Iguodala Andre (R) defends during the 2010 FIBA Basketball World Championship US VS TURKEY in Istanbul, Turkey, on Sept. 12, 2010. (Xinhua/Cai Yang)

Turkish player Onan Omer (R) shoots during the 2010 FIBA Basketball World Championship U.S. VS TURKEY in Istanbul, Turkey, on Sept. 12, 2010. (Xinhua/Cai Yang)

U.S. player Rudy Gay (L) shoots during the 2010 FIBA Basketball World Championship final games against Turkey in Istanbul, Turkey, on Sept. 12, 2010. (Xinhua/Cai Yang)

U.S. players celebrate at the awarding ceremony of the 2010 FIBA Basketball World Championship in Istanbul, Turkey, on Sept. 12, 2010. (Xinhua/Cai Yang)

ISTANBUL, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- The United States defeated Turkey 81-64 in Sunday's final of the 2010 World Basketball Championships here.

The U.S. took the lead early in the first quarter and held through for the entir match.

Kevin Durant once again dominated the game, scoring more than a third of the winning team's total points, as he had done in the past two games.

He finished the top scorer of the game, netting 28 points including seven three-pointers. Team captain Hidayet Turkoglu lead Turkey with 16 points.

The US took an early lead finishing the first quarter 22-17. The gap widened throughout, with the first half finishing at 42-32.

The U.S. momentum would continue throughout the second half, finishing the third quarter 61-48 to end the game with a 17 point lead.

This is the United States' first world basketball championship victory since 1994.

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