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Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the USA Men's Basketball Team reacts during a 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup semi-final match between USA and Lithuania at Palau Sant Jordi on September 11, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Source: David Ramos/Getty Images)

U.S. Beats Lithuania To Reach Basketball World Final

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.

09/11/2014

DeMarcus Cousins #12 of the USA Men's Basketball Team celerbates during 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup quarter-final match  against Slovenia at Palau Sant Jordi on September 9, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Source: David Ramos/Getty Images)

U.S. Routes Slovenia 119-76, Makes World Cup Semis

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.

09/09/2014

Derrick Rose #6 of the US Men's National Team during the national anthem prior to the game against the Ukraine Basketball Team during the FIBA 2014 World Cup Tournament in Bilbao, Spain. (Source: David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)

U.S. Ready For Quarterfinal Match Against Slovenia

On a map, Slovenia is a mystery to the U.S. basketball team.

09/09/2014

US forward James Harden (R) vies with Mexico's guard Jorge Gutierrez (L) during the 2014 FIBA World basketball championships round of 16 match USA vs Mexico at the Palau Sant Jordi arena in Barcelona on September 6, 2014. (Source: LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images)

Curry’s Six 3’s Lift U.S. Into Quarterfinals

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.

09/07/2014

Derrick Rose #6 of the USA Basketball Men's National Team handles the ball against the Ukraine Basketball Team during the FIBA 2014 World Cup Tournament at the Bilbao Exhibition Center on September 04, 2014 in Bilbao, Spain. (Source: David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)

U.S. Tops Ukraine, Finishes Pool Play Unbeaten

The bags were already packed and the Americans had already checked out of their rooms.

09/04/2014

Rudy Gay #8 of Team USA goes up to dunk during a game against the Dominican Republic during the 2014 FIBA World Cup at Bizkaia Arena in Bilbao Exhibition Centre on September 3, 2014 in Bilbao, Spain. (Source: Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

U.S. 4-0 After Routing Dominican Republic 106-71

They were expected to be in Barcelona. They hope to finish their trip in Madrid.

09/04/2014

US center Anthony Davis (L) scores beside US forward Kenneth Faried (C) and New Zealand's forward Isaac Fotu (R) during the 2014 FIBA World basketball championships group C match vs New Zealand at the Bizkaia Arena in Bilbao, Spain on September 2, 2014. (Source: RAFA RIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

Davis Leads Unbeaten U.S. Past New Zealand 98-71

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.

09/02/2014

Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski and guard Derrick Rose # 6 of the USA Basketball Men's National Team converse during a game against the Finland National Basketball Team at the FIBA 2014 World Cup Tournament at the Bilbao Exhibition Center on August 30, 2014 in Bilbao, Spain. (Source: David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)

U.S. Dominates Finland 114-55 In Basketball World Cup

As the U.S. lead got bigger and the crowd quieter, Finland’s players were forced to have a most uncomfortable conversation.

08/31/2014

LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 01: Paul George #29 of the 2014 USA Basketball Men's National Team is tended to as he lies on the court after badly injuring his leg defending a play during a USA Basketball showcase at the Thomas & Mack Center on August 1, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The rest of the exhibition was cancelled after the injury. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

George Suffers Serious Leg Injury In US Exhibition

Indiana Pacers All-Star Paul George suffered a gruesome right leg injury late in the U.S. national team’s intrasquad scrimmage Friday night.

08/01/2014

SAN ANTONIO, TX JUNE 04: Shane Battier of the Miami Heat is interviewed by Guillermo Rodriguez, Jimmy Kimmel Live's security guard during media availability as part of the 2014 NBA Finals on June 04, 2014 at AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Reid B. Kelley/NBAE via Getty Images)

Battier Heads Toward Retirement With No Regrets

Shane Battier learned how to be a teammate from his father and Little League coach, Big Ed Battier. He was guided by Mike Krzyzewski at Duke. He played for respected NBA coaches — Hubie Brown, Mike Fratello, Jeff Van Gundy, Rick Adelman and Erik Spoelstra among them.

06/05/2014

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