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Published:September 13th, 2010 17:50 EST
After Sixteen Years, The U.S. Claims The Title 'FIBA World Champion'

After Sixteen Years, The U.S. Claims The Title 'FIBA World Champion'

By Suren Hossein

ISTANBUL, Sept. 13 " After sixteen years, the U.S. claimed the title of the FIBA World Championship.

The U.S. defeated Turkey 81-64 in front of nearly 15,000 Turkish fans in Istanbul. The U.S. had not won the title from 1994.

Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Thunder guard Russell Westbrook had 13 points, six rebounds and three assists.

Lithuania seized the bronze medal at the 2010 FIBA World Championship, defeating Serbia 99-88 with an unstoppable performance.

I want to congratulate the Turkish team for a truly perfect tournament. They epitomized what a team should be and we had to be at our very best to beat them. It was a terrific tournament and a truly wonderful city. I`ve never seen a country celebrate a team better than Turkey. It created a great atmosphere for the tournament, " Mike Kryzewski the U.S. coach told FIBA.

The U.S. Kevin Durant claimed the Most Valuable Player award at the 2010 FIBA World Championship.