On Aug. 30 the world kicked off the 16th annual FIBA Basketball World Cup. Heading into the tournament America was already looking like they were going to have some problems after two of the top players for America decided not to play. However, America stayed strong and was able to take home the gold.
America started off the tournament playing Finland. They beat them with ease and gave hope for America. Kyrie Irving, James Harden and Anthony Davis showed great leadership and played at the top of their game.
Then came the game against Slovenia, which tested the U.S team’s abilities. It took the U.S. team almost two minutes just to score their first field goal. By the third quarter, the team got serious and started to play like they did in the beginning of the tournament. This game made people wonder if America is really unbeatable.
This created interest from the American team to prove their talent. America then went on to play Lithuania in the semi-finals who they easily overcame. Klay Thompson scored 16 points, along with three rebounds, three assists, and one steal. This game gave America hope again and moved us to the finals against Serbia.
America dominated in this final game, outscoring Serbia by at least 10 points in the first three quarters. The stars of this game were James Harden and Kyrie Irving. Harden scored a total of 23 points and Irving 26. America was ready to take on their competition, beating Serbia by 37 points.
America was able to prove the world wrong after all the hardships they went through losing players, and being doubted by the rest of the world. In the end, the team was able to push through all the reluctance and win the 2014 FIBA World Cup.