Final Score: United States 119, Slovenia 76
The United States has cruised past every opponent so far in the FIBA World Cup, and Tuesday’s quarterfinal game against Slovenia was no different.
The Americans shrugged off a slugging first half and bludgeoned the Slovenians in the second en route to a 119-76 win and a trip in the semifinals, in which they’ll take on Lithuania.
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) September 9, 2014
Check out the full box score here from ESPN.
The United States Scored 70 Points in the 2nd Half
After a lackluster second quarter left the Americans with a meager 49-42 halftime lead, the Americans played their best offensive half of the summer, outscoring Slovenia 70-34 in the second half and turning this into one of the biggest blowouts of the tournament.
Klay Thompson Scored 20 Points Off the Bench
— USA Basketball (@usabasketball) September 9, 2014
Klay Thompson isn’t the most talented player on the Americans’ roster, but he’s been a consistent scorer thought. Tuesday, he scored a game-high 20 points off the bench on 4-for-8 3-point shooting.
Kenneth Faried (10 rebounds) and James Harden had 14 apiece and Anthony Davis had 13 points and a team-high 11 rebounds for Team USA, which out-rebounded the Slovenians 54-38.
Team USA Led by Only 7 at the Half
Team USA leads Slovenia 49-42 at halftime. Lost their mojo when K.Faried sat out most of second quarter. Head scratcher.
— Chris Sheridan (@sheridanhoops) September 9, 2014
Playing against a team that the United States slaughtered in an exhibition game in the Canary Islands, the United States played a listless second quarter in which the teams were tied at 20, allowing the Slovenians to hang around and trail only 49-42 at the break.
As reporter Chris Sheridan pointed out, the Americans’ struggles coincided with Kenneth Faried — one of the team’s best players throughout the tournament — spending much of the quarter on the bench.