Kenneth Faried scores 16 points as Team USA stays unbeaten in Spain

Denver Nuggets forward sets the pace in rout of Dominican Republic
by Aaron Lopez

How good has Kenneth Faried been at the 2014 FIBA World Cup?

The Denver Nuggets forward went 8-for-11 from the field Wednesday – and his shooting percentage dropped below 80 percent.

For the second time in four games in Spain, Faried led Team USA in scoring as the Americans routed the Dominican Republic 106-71 to stay unbeaten in pool play.

"I really believe we are getting better game-by-game," Faried said. "We’re playing harder. We’re really getting after it. You all can see for yourselves that we just really love playing together, and we’re having fun."

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Faried finished with 16 points and added six rebounds for the United States, which wraps up its Group C schedule Thursday against Ukraine. Faried is now averaging 14.8 points on 29-of-37 shooting (.784) and a team-leading 7.8 rebounds.

The Dominican Republic kept the game close until Faried scored six straight points as part of a 12-2 run that gave Team USA a 15-point lead late in the second quarter.

The Americans then pulled away after halftime on the strength of a 22-0 run that bridged the third and fourth quarters.

Faried was one of five U.S. players in double figures. Fellow big man DeMarcus Cousins scored 13 points and added five rebounds and seven steals.

"In the second and third quarter, we were just playing at a pretty high level," U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "We’re happy that we’re going to finish first in our pool, and hopefully we can come back (Thursday) and play really well against Ukraine."