USA opens worlds with win

August 29, 2010

Eric Gordon sank four 3-pointers and scored 16 points, and the United States used a dominant second quarter to cruise to a 106-78 victory over Croatia on Saturday in its opening game of the world championships in Istanbul.

Kevin Durant added 14 points and Chauncey Billups 12 for the U.S., which shot 55 percent from the field. Leading by only two after the first quarter, the U.S. outscored Croatia 26-6 in the second.

"People aren't expecting us to come out here and win, so we just wanted to make a statement and I think we did," Durant said. The U.S., looking to end a 16-year worlds drought, faces Slovenia on Sunday and Brazil on Monday.

•Guard Jamal Crawford will ask the Atlanta Hawks for a trade because he is frustrated the team has not offered him a contract extension, reported. Citing sources familiar with the situation, the report said Crawford approached the Hawks in early July about a three- to four-year extension. He is in the final year of a deal that will pay him $10 million this season.

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