US edges out Iran 88-51 at FIBA Worlds
Chauncey Billups (R) of the US goes up to shoot against Iran's Arsalan Kazemi during their FIBA Basketball World Championship game in Istanbul, September 1, 2010.
Despite impressive games by Hamed Haddad and Arsalan Kazemi, Iran loses against the US 51-88 at the preliminary round of 2010 FIBA World Championship in Istanbul, Turkey.
The Americans have won all the four games against Croatia, Slovenia, Brazil and now Iran on Wednesday and automatically advance to the elimination Round of 16 as the top seed in Group B.
Iran has managed to win only one game against Tunisia on Monday.
The US is likely to play Germany or Australia in the Round of 16 after facing Tunisia on Thursday.
Americans Kevin Love scored 13 points and Kevin Durant added 12 to lead a balanced attack, as the United States improved to 4-0.
Iranians Hamed Haddad, who plays for the NBA Memphis Grizzlies, scored 19 points and pulled down six rebounds, while Arsalan Kazemi, who plays for Rice University, added 14.
Iran took a 5-3 lead early in the game and was within 12-10 late in the first, but the Americans with seven straight points edged out Iran with 19-13 to enter the second period.
Iran failed to win any of the remaining sets loosing 15-23; 11-20 and 12-26.
In other games of Wednesday, in Group D, Canada remained winless in four games after a 71-61 loss to New Zealand. Kiwis, who improved to 2-2, will advance to the second round. Also Spain mauled Lebanon, 91-57.
In Group B, Croatia pounded Tunisia, 84-64.
In Group C, Russia topped China 89-80 and Greece dismantled the Ivory Coast 97-60.
In Group A, Serbia thumped Australia 94-79, while Angola slipped by Germany 92-88.