James Harden and the U.S. sprinted into the championship game of the Basketball World Cup, riding a huge third quarter to a 96-68 victory over Lithuania on Thursday night.
Klay Thompson scored 20 points and James Harden had 12 of his 14 in the third quarter after a scoreless first half, helping the U.S. turn a close game into a 119-76 rout of Slovenia on Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the Basketball World Cup.
They have a gold medal to chase and a golden U.S. basketball legacy to protect, so the Americans knew they had to bring their best to Barcelona.
The bags were already packed and the Americans had already checked out of their rooms.
They were expected to be in Barcelona. They hope to finish their trip in Madrid.
Anthony Davis scored 21 points, Kenneth Faried had 15 and the U.S. remained unbeaten at the Basketball World Cup by beating winless New Zealand 98-71 on Tuesday.
Paul George’s broken right leg has left two teams reeling.
Half a world away, Chris Bosh could not escape the frenzy of last week. An offer from the Houston Rockets was waiting. His longtime Miami teammate LeBron James was leaving. For a few moments, Bosh found himself wondering if his days with the Heat were over.
Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade had a message for Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant on Instagram Tuesday night, “Note to self: Make him replace your place in history…again…”
The Miami Heat is not going to be a major player on the free agent market that opened up at midnight Monday. When you’re the champs, you can get away with sitting out the big spending.