USA blows out Finland 114-55 in first FIBA 2014 World Cup match in Spain

The United States routed Finland 114-55 in their sold-out opening match at the FIBA 2014 World Cup in Bilbao, Spain on Saturday.


The US led 31-16 after the first quarter and 60-18 at half-time, limiting Finland to two points in the second quarter while reeling off 21 straight points.

The US made 67 percent of their two-point attempts, mostly dunks and tip-ins. They also hit 88 percent at the line, 22 of 25. Finland could only make 18 of 65 from the field — 28 percent — including only 4 of 21 threes.

Klay Thompson led the US with 18 points.

Anthony Davis added 17 points on 6 of 8 shooting and 5 of 5 free throws.

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Derrick Rose scored 12, including spectacular dunks after splitting the defense.

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Rudy Gay, who played for USA at the previous world championship in Turkey, added 10.


His former Toronto Raptors teammate DeMar DeRozan, playing in his first FIBA game for USA, scored 5 on 1 of 5 shooting.


James Harden, who played on the US Olympic gold medal winner in 2012, added 9 points and 4 steals.


The US scored 50 points after forcing Finland into 31 turnovers.

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Kyrie Irving had 3 steals and 9 points.

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Stephen Curry hit only 1 of 5 shots but dished out 5 assists.

He applauded the Finnish fans, who sold out the game in an hour and cheered on their team in full voice as if it was a tight-game throughout.


The Finnish players saluted their fans after the game.