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Strong Second Half Pushes USA Past Turkey

Splash Brothers Combine for 5 of Team's 8 3-Pointers as USA Improves to 2-0 in Group Play
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The U.S. National Team weathered the storm and took control of their group play matchup with Turkey in the second half of Sunday’s 98-77 victory in Bilbao, Spain.

After trailing by five at the half, the U.S. squad out-scored Turkey 31-20 in the third quarter and continued their dominance in the fourth quarter, a stark contrast to the first and second quarters when Turkey slowed the game down and took advantage of their constant trips to the free throw line.

Stephen Curry contributed to the USA win with nine points, five steals and three assists, and he combined with fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson to knock down five of the team’s eight 3-pointers. Thompson finished with six points and two assists, including an alley oop dunk to Anthony Davis that proved to be one of the top plays of the game.

The win pushes Team USA to 2-0 in the group play round of the FIBA World Cup, and they’ll return to action on Tuesday when they take on New Zealand at 8:30 a.m. (Pacific). That game will be the first of three games in three days to close out the group stage for the U.S. team.