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USA pushed to the brink survive Turkey 93-92 in OT at FIBA World Cup

Usa Pushed To The Brink Survive Turkey 93 92 In Ot At Fiba World Cup
Usa Pushed To The Brink Survive Turkey 93 92 In Ot At Fiba World Cup

The United States of America survived four missed foul shots with under 10 seconds left in overtime to beat Turkey 93-92 t improve to 2-0 and take control of Group E at the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

Turkey leading 81-79 with 11 seconds left in regulation fouled Jayson Tatum behind the three-point line with .1 seconds left on the clock. Tatum connected on 2-of-3 free-throws to send the game into overtime.

Turkey took opened up a 89-84 lead in overtime and had the USA dead in the water. Leading 92-91 with 9 seconds left and ball in the USA’s possession. Turkey forced a turnover from Myles Turner and an ensuing Joe Harris foul to stop the clock was deemed unsportsmanlike, giving Turkey two free-throws plus possession of the ball.

Cedi Osman Usa Pushed To The Brink Survive Turkey 93 92 In Ot At Fiba World Cup
Turkey’s Cedi Osman in disbelief after missing two crucial foul-shots to seal the win over USA – Photo: FIBA

Turkey’s Dogus Balbay stepped to the line and missed the two freebies. The USA fouled Cedi Osman on the inbounds pass — sending the Cleveland Cavaliers guard to the line with just 9 seconds remaining.

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Osman, a NBA career 73.6% free-throw shooter missed both foul shots. Jayson Tatum ended-up with the rebound after a fight for the ball and pushed it down the floor, finding a streaking Khris Middleton who was hammered with 2 seconds remaining in overtime

Middleton, calmly stepped up to the line, and buried both foul shots to give the USA the improbable 93-92 win over a tough Turkey squad.

Kemba Walker Usa Pushed To The Brink Survive Turkey 93 92 In Ot At Fiba World Cup
Kemba Walker smiles after the USA survive Turkey at 2019 FIBA World Cup- Photo: FIBA

Kemba Walker came on late and scored 14 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds. Jayson Tatum finished with a double-double with 11 points, 11 rebounds. Khris Middleton 15 points, 2 rebounds. Myles Turner 11 points, 9 rebounds. Harrison Barnes 10 points 6 rebounds. Joe harris 11 points, 5 rebounds and Donovan Mitchell 9 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.

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Turkey’s Ersan Ilyasova finished with a game-high 23 points, 14 rebounds. Melih Mahmutoglu 18 points, 2 rebounds. Furkan Korkmaz 16 points, 4 rebounds and Cedi Osman 15 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds and 2 blocks.

USA (2-0) will wrap-up Group E action with a tilt against Japan (0-2) leaving Turkey (1-1) to fight for their World Cup lives in a match-up against upstart Czech Republic (1-1).

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