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US beats Russia, 89-79, moves into semis at worlds

 USA's Kevin Love, left, challenges Russia's Andrey Vorontsevich during the quarterfinal round at the World Basketball Championship, Thursday, Sept. 9...
 Russia's Timofey Mozgov dunks the ball during their World Basketball Championship quarter final match against USA in Istanbul, Turkey, Thursday, Sept...
 USA's Andre Iguodala, right, puts up a shot as Russia's Alexander Kaun defends during the quarterfinal round at the World Basketball Championship, Th...
 USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski, speaks to USA's Chauncey Billups during the quarterfinal round match against Russia at the World Basketball Champions...
 USA's Kevin Durant, top, puts up a shot as Russia's Andrey Vorontsevich defends during the quarterfinal round at the World Basketball Championship, T...
 USA's Andre Iguoala dunks the ball during their World Basketball Championship quarter final match against Russia in Istanbul, Turkey, Thursday, Sept....

Turkey Russia USA Basketball Worlds

USA's Kevin Love, left, challenges Russia's Andrey Vorontsevich during the quarterfinal round at the World Basketball Championship, Thursday, Sept. 9...

Turkey Russia USA Basketball Worlds

Russia's Timofey Mozgov dunks the ball during their World Basketball Championship quarter final match against USA in Istanbul, Turkey, Thursday, Sept...

Turkey Russia USA Basketball Worlds

USA's Andre Iguodala, right, puts up a shot as Russia's Alexander Kaun defends during the quarterfinal round at the World Basketball Championship, Th...

Turkey Russia USA Basketball Worlds

USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski, speaks to USA's Chauncey Billups during the quarterfinal round match against Russia at the World Basketball Champions...

Turkey Russia USA Basketball Worlds

USA's Kevin Durant, top, puts up a shot as Russia's Andrey Vorontsevich defends during the quarterfinal round at the World Basketball Championship, T...

Turkey Russia USA Basketball Worlds

USA's Andre Iguoala dunks the ball during their World Basketball Championship quarter final match against Russia in Istanbul, Turkey, Thursday, Sept....

Kevin Durant scored 33 points to help the United States beat Russia 89-79 on Thursday to move into the semifinals at the world championship.
It was the 38th anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over the Americans for an Olympic gold medal, a game with such a controversial ending that the U.S. players refused to accept their silver medals.
Durant made sure there would be no worries at the finish of this one, shooting 11 of 19 while just missing Carmelo Anthony's world championship team record of 35 points set in 2006.
The U.S. is now two wins from its first world championship title since 1994 and will play either Lithuania or Argentina on Saturday. Host Turkey and Serbia will play in the other semifinal.


Updated : 2021-05-16 19:08 GMT+08:00