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Durant's 38 points carry US to title game

 USA's Andre Iguodala, left, celebrates with Kevin Durant after scoring a basket during the semifinal between USA and Lithuania at the World Basketbal...
 The boots of the USA's Kevin Durant bear messages including a reference to the September 11 terrorist attack as he warms up before the semifinal agai...
 The boots of the USA's Kevin Durant bear messages including a reference to the September 11 terrorist attack as he warms up before the semifinal agai...
 USA's Kevin Durant reacts during the semifinal between USA and Lithuania at the World Basketball Championship, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, in Istanbul,...

Turkey USA Lithuania Basketball Worlds

USA's Andre Iguodala, left, celebrates with Kevin Durant after scoring a basket during the semifinal between USA and Lithuania at the World Basketbal...

Turkey Lithuania USA Basketball Worlds

The boots of the USA's Kevin Durant bear messages including a reference to the September 11 terrorist attack as he warms up before the semifinal agai...

Turkey Lithuania USA Basketball Worlds

The boots of the USA's Kevin Durant bear messages including a reference to the September 11 terrorist attack as he warms up before the semifinal agai...

Turkey Lithuania USA Basketball Worlds

USA's Kevin Durant reacts during the semifinal between USA and Lithuania at the World Basketball Championship, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, in Istanbul,...

Kevin Durant scored a U.S.-record 38 points in carrying the United States into the final at the world championship with an 89-74 victory over Lithuania on Saturday.
With a special Sept. 11 anniversary message on his sneakers, Durant soared over defenders or stepped away from them for 3-pointers, scoring 17 in the first quarter to stake the Americans to an early lead that was never seriously challenged.
He went on to surpass Carmelo Anthony's single-game record of 35 points and raise his average in the tournament to 22.1, which would be the best ever by a U.S. player.
More importantly, he guaranteed the Americans a chance at their first world title since 1994. They will play Turkey or Serbia on Sunday.


Updated : 2020-12-03 18:00 GMT+08:00