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Ilyasova, Turkey settle for silver against Team USA

Apparently Kevin Durant isn't a big fan of Cinderella stories.

Durant was once again nearly unstoppable (28 pts, 10/17 fg) as not even a raucous home crowd could keep underdog Turkey from getting run off their home court 81-64 by Team USA. A day after their last-second win over Serbia, Turkey wasn't lacking in energy but they looked a bit unprepared for the Americans' defensive quickness, particularly after Hedo Turkoglu's hot start wore off. 

It all started with Durant, who seemed to be the only offensive weapon Mike Krzyzewski needed. Turkey once again relied heavily on the pressuring zone that had given all their previous opponents problems, and they were content to let Chauncey Billups (0/5), Eric Gordon (0/4), and Derrick Rose (0/3) bomb away from deep with little success. Durant on the other hand was a threat from everywhere inside halfcourt, hitting 7/13 threes (compared to 4/20 from his other teammates) and helping the US build a 10 point lead by halftime.

Turkey's transition defense started to wear down in the second half, as Team USA's defense triggered all sorts of opportunities in the open court. Two more Durant triples didn't hurt either, and Turkey struggled to take advantage of their size advantage against the quicker, more athletic Americans.

Ersan Ilyasova was among those bothered by the USA's perimeter defenders, and aside from a couple finishes around the hoop he settled mostly for heavily-contested jumpers (a trait we also saw a bit too much of last year in Milwaukee). Ersan was a presence on the boards with a game-high 11 rebounds, but in the end scored just seven on 2/9 shooting.  It was the second quiet offensive performance in as many days for Ersan, who scored just six points (2/5 fg) in Saturday's 83-82 win over Serbia. Still, the tournament was an overall success for Ilyasova, who finished the tournament as Turkey's leading scorer (13.4 ppg) and rebounder (7.6 rpg). 

Delfino helps Argentina win final two games

In the fifth place game, Carlos Delfino finished his tournament on a high note by leading Argentina to an 86-81 win over Spain. Delfino buried 6/11 threes en route to a game-high 27 points in 33 minutes, upping his tournament averages to 20.6 ppg on .455/.386/.776 shooting. Though he's never been more than a low-efficiency complementary scorer in the NBA, Carlitos somehow managed to both shoot more and score more effectively for Argentina. I'm guessing competition and sample size have something to do with it, but let's also give the man some credit for stepping up and doing a surprisingly good job of filling the void left by Manu Ginobili and Andres Nocioni. He shot the ball well and also got to the line with surprising regularity--49 attempts in nine games in Turkey, as compared to just 117 attempts in 75 games with the Bucks last season. Much of that is a function of Delfino's role, but it certainly wouldn't be a bad thing if he managed to draw fouls with a bit more regularity.