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U.S. coasts past Ukraine, Mexico next in Round of 16
Bilbao, Spain (SportsNetwork.com) - All five starters scored in double figures as the Americans overcame a slow start to blow out the Ukraine, 95-71, in the final game of Group C play at the FIBA World Cup.
James Harden scored 17 points to pace the undefeated Americans (5-0), who entered the game having already secured the top spot in the group standings.
Steph Curry added 14 points and Anthony Davis chipped in with 12 points and six rebounds for the United States, which will face Mexico in the Round of 16 in Barcelona on Saturday.
Kyrie Irving tallied 11 points and six assists and Kenneth Faried had 10 points and eight boards for U.S. head coach Mike Krzyzewski's starting squad.
After a rough opening quarter that saw the Americans trailing 19-14, Coach K's squad picked it up in the second. Curry's three-pointer with 4:01 left broke a 27-27 tie and gave the U.S. the lead for good.
Later, Curry started an 11-1 run to end the half with a three-pointer and Faried's layup with 13 ticks left capped the surge, giving the Americans a 44-32 cushion at the break.
The U.S. built on its lead in the third, moving ahead by as many as 18 points when DeMarcus Cousins' layup with 1:28 left staked the Red, White and Blue to a 67-49 advantage.
The game got well out of reach in the fourth, as the Americans pulled away.
Irving left the game with just over a minute to play after landing hard on his back. The U.S. was leading 93-65 when he departed.
Cousins rounded out the double-digit scorers for the U.S. with 11 points.
The Ukraine (2-3) is head coached by former NBA coach Mike Fratello.
Slava Kravtsov led the Ukrainians with 15 points.
09/04 13:49:04 ET
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