U.S. routs Iran, seals top seed

September 02, 2010|By TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICES

Kevin Love scored 13 points and Kevin Durant 12 to lead a balanced attack as the United States remained perfect at the FIBA World Championship in Istanbul, beating Iran 88-51.

Derrick Rose chipped in 11 points and Danny Granger 10 for the Americans, who improved to 4-0 to secure the top spot in Group B. The U.S. will conclude preliminary round play Thursday against winless Tunisia.

"We were a little bit fresher," coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "In our last game, when we played Brazil, that was our sixth game in 10 days in three countries. I just thought we were tired, more mentally than physically. No U.S. team has ever played six games in 10 days in three countries."

•The Celtics signed guard Delonte West. Terms of the deal were not released, but the Boston Herald reported it's a non-guaranteed contract for the upcoming season. West, the 24th overall pick by the Celtics in 2004, spent the last two-plus years in Cleveland and has averaged 9.9 points and 3.7 assists while hitting 37.8 percent of his 3-pointers in six seasons.

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