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Team USA defeats Slovenia 119-76, advances to semi-finals

Team USA cruised to victory after a slow first half.

Team USA cruised past Slovenia in the FIBA World Cup quarterfinals on Tuesday, winning 119-76.  The US followed their trend from most of the tournament, struggling in the first half before pulling away in the second.

Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins also continued their trend of solid all-around play in supporting roles.  Cousins finished with 9 points on four of five shooting from the field, with five rebounds, three steals, a block and an assist.  Gay tallied seven points on just three shots, to go along with four rebounds and two assists.  Kings fans should be encouraged by the way Cousins and Gay have fit into the team model and are putting up well-rounded stat lines, even if the lines aren't gaudy.

Team USA was led by 20 points from Klay Thompson, while Anthony Davis and Kenneth Faried both put up double-doubles.  Slovenia was led by Goran Dragic of the Phoenix Suns, who finished with 14 points.

Team USA advances to the semi-finals, where they'll face Lithuania.  Lithuania is led by Jonas Valanciunas of the Toronto Raptors and Donatas Motiejunas of the Houston Rockets.

Update: It should be noted that Cousins fouled out of the game.  A less than promising element of today's action.