Durant's 27 points seal United States' two-point win
Two of the unbeatens met Monday afternoon as Brazil took on the favorite American team, giving them everything they could handle. They edged Brazil 70-68 as Leandro Barbosa's buzzer shot rimmed out. Kevin Durant led all scorers 27 points, Chauncey Billups managed to score 15 points on 5-of-12 shooting, while Derrick Rose chipped in 11 points. Durant also secured 10 rebounds to lead the US team.
For Brazil, Marcus Vinicius led the team with 16 points, but the real story was Tiago Splitter, the recently signed Spurs' big man who will finally be joining the team after being drafted in 2007. Splitter recorded a double-double with 10 rebounds and 13 points. Splitter was limited to 30 minutes due to foul trouble. Leandro Barbosa's miss at the final second was one of his 13 missed shot attempts this afternoon as the Toronto Raptor guard shot just 5-for-18, including 3-for-13 from beyond the arc.
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In a battle of Croatia and Slovenia, two 1-1 teams who posted losses to the US, Slovenia won out with their depth; the Slovenian squad received 43 points off the bench, including team-highs from Uros Slokar and Jaka Lakovic with 15 points a piece. Croatia was paced by Roko Ukic who had a game-high of 20 points and 7 assists.
Australia's defense stifled Germany, combined with poor shooting as the Germans were routed 78-43. Australia held Germany under 13 points all four quarters, including allowing just 7 points in the first period. As a team, Germany shot 15-for-58 from the field or a measly 25.9%. 2011 NBA Draft prospects, Robin Benzing and Tim Ohlbrecht led the team with 11 points and 10 points respectively as they were the only two players to shoot better than 50% in the contest. Patty Mills led all scorers with 16 points and 7 assists for Australia, with Aleks Maric, the former Nebraska big man, posting 15 points, 11 in the final quarter.
Hamed Haddadi continued his dominance in international play, as he recorded 13 rebounds and 23 points as Iran handled Tunisia 71-58.
Serbia downed Jordan, scoring a tournament high 112 points to the Jordanians 69. Three Serbians posted 20+ points led by Marko Keselj and Dusko Savanovic with 21 and Kosta Perovic with 20 points.