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FIBA World Cup Results: Team USA overcomes halftime deficit to beat Turkey

FIBA World Cup results were positive for Team USA on Sunday (Aug. 31). Playing against Turkey in their second game of group play, the United States had to work hard to overcome a halftime deficit. Team USA trailed 40-35 at halftime as Turkey did a great job slowing the game down. A lot of missed shots allowed Turkey to not only stay in the game but to take a lead that had to be a heavy topic of conversation during the halftime speeches. They worked, as Team USA out-scored Turkey 63-37 in the second half to win 98-77.

Kenneth Faried had 22 points on 11-of-14 shooting.
Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
Kenneth Faried led the United States with 22 points as they beat Turkey on August 31.
Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Kenneth Faried led the team with 22 points and eight rebounds, shooting 11-of-14 from the field. He was also a star on defense, notching three steals and two blocks. It was that defense that really kept the United States rolling in the second half. Stephen Curry had five steals of his own, James Harden had three, and Anthony Davis had two for the starters alone. Davis also chipped in 19 points and six rebounds, while Harden had 14 points and seven assists.

In other 2014 FIBA World Cup results from Sunday, Lithuania beat Angola 75-62, Greece beat The Philippines 82-70, and Spain beat Egypt 91-54. There are seven countries still undefeated at the tournament, led by the United States, Spain, Brazil, and Greece. The other three teams playing really well are Slovenia, Lithuania, and Croatia. Each country still has three games left in group play before the tournament advances to the single-elimination phase. The top four teams from each group make it to that stage..