Per Kc Johnson:
MADRID -- Kevin Durant scored 25 points and made two crucial late blocks Sunday as the United States hung on for an 86-85 victory over Spain in a warmup match for the world championship.
Durant blocked shots from Ricky Rubio and Rudy Fernandez after Derrick Rose had put the Americans ahead with two free throws.
Spain led by one point from Juan Carlos Navarro's 3-point play with 27 seconds left before Rose was fouled in the lane. The hosts had trailed by 13 points at the start of the final period.
Sadly, I didn't get to watch the game. I had meant to hit it on the DVR, and just forgot to do so. Still, from all reports, Rose played very well and hit the two clutch free throws at the end to win the game for the U.S.
This shouldn't be overlooked. Team USA hasn't performed well in the World Championships in forever. I might be mistaken, but I don't think we've won since the 90s since we only send the best players to the Olympics. Spain is one of the front runners to win the WC this year, so it's a nice win for Team USA.
Nice job Derrick, keep up the good work.
If I'm not mistaken, team USA plays another warm up against Greece, which I believe (though I don't count myself an international basketball expert) is the other front runner to win the tournament along with Spain.
The actual tournament kicks off this Saturday for team USA against Croatia.