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Newz Forum: BASKETBALL: U.S. Fends Off Turkey For Victory

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posted on Aug, 8 2004 @ 04:04 PM
ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) - One week before its opener at the Athens Games, the U.S. men's Olympic team took a step backward. The American team blew most of a 14-point fourth-quarter lead against a Turkish team missing Hedo Turkoglu, one of its two NBA players, before coming away with a 79-67 victory Sunday.

This was not an encouraging win for the Americans, who again struggled against a team that didn't even qualify for the Olympics just as happened earlier on their European trip against Germany.

A 19-8 run that included several 3-pointers narrowed Turkey's deficit to 68-65 with 3½ minutes left before the U.S. team turned up its defensive pressure to close out the game.

Tim Duncan led the United States with 16 points and Allen Iverson scored 13, with no one else reaching double figures.

What was most alarming was the way the team's core of youngsters, including LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade couldn't stop the home team from making a game of it down the stretch. Turkey's rally ended only after Duncan and Iverson, the U.S. team's elder statesmen, returned.

With Turkoglu out because of a broken nose, Ibrahim Kutluay led Turkey with 19 points and Serkan Erdogan added 17. Both players combined for a flurry of 3s that thrilled the a crowd of about 10,000 at the hot, cramped Abdi Ipekci Arena.


posted on Aug, 9 2004 @ 10:45 AM
I personally think one of their main problems is that they dont have a true point gaurd. they have marbury and AI who both would like to shot then to pass. And that is all anybody in the NBA would like to do is shot before pass. Because American Basketball ahs become a very selfish sport. Were most of the players would like to take self glory over team victory.

posted on Aug, 9 2004 @ 11:18 PM
You said it, man! There are very few players that use the pass as a first option in the US

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