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USA Beats Dominican Republic, Clinches Group C at FIBA World Cup
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Stephen Curry flirted with a triple-double and Team USA cruised to its fourth straight win to open the 2014 FIBA World Cup, beating the Dominican Republic 106-71 on Wednesday in Bilbao, Spain. The win clinched first place in Group C, guaranteeing that the road to gold will remain intact until at least the Round of 16 this weekend in Barcelona.
In addition to clinching the group, the win was the 58th straight for Team USA, a streak that dates back to the 2006 World Championships. Curry contributed to the win with eight points, seven assists and six rebounds, and he was on pace for a triple-double at the half before sitting out the majority of the third and fourth quarters with the game well in hand.
Fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson added eight points, three assists and three steals, and he scored the final five points of a 22-0 run that bridged the third and fourth quarters. That run ultimately put the game away for the U.S. squad, which shot 56 percent from the field and forced the Dominican Republic into 26 turnovers.
Now 4-0 at the World Cup, Team USA will wrap up group play on Thursday against Ukraine. The third game in as many days for Curry, Thompson and company will tip off at 8:30 a.m. on ESPN2, and regardless of the game’s result, Team USA will continue on to the single elimination portion of the tournament and take on the fourth place team from Group D on Saturday.