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USA beats Finland, 114-55, in Basketball World Cup
USA beats Finland, 114-55, in Basketball World Cup

As the U.S. lead got bigger and the crowd quieter, Finland's players were forced to have a most uncomfortable conversation. "We kind of talked a little on the bench a little bit, 'Hey, everybody remember when we scored the last time?'" forward Kimmo Muurinen said. It was a long time. Almost an entire quarter. The Americans held the Finns without a basket in the second quarter, opening defense of their title with a 114-55 romp Saturday in the Basketball World Cup. Silencing the Finns in the second quarter on the scoreboard and in the stands, where their rabid fans filled an entire side of the arena, the Americans allowed just a pair of free throws in the...

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