The United States won its first world championship since 1994 today, beating Turkey 81-64.
This was a “Take that haters” type of win for team USA because they were being called the “B-team” heading in to the Tournament (meaning, there’s no Lebron, Kobe, Wade, Mello, Paul or Howard). But that didn’t matter, Kevin Durant has stepped up as the leader for this year’s team.
Durant scored 28 points, setting a record along the way for most in the tournament by a U.S. player. He left the court with 42 seconds remaining and shared a long hug with coach Mike Krzyzewski, who finally won the world title after his previous two attempts ended with bronze medals.