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Rose Rusty Again As Team USA Rolls Against Ukraine

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Derrick Rose. (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Derrick Rose. (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

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BILBAO, Spain (AP) — James Harden scored 17 points, Stephen Curry added 14 and the unbeaten U.S. national team wrapped up pool play with a 95-71 victory over Ukraine on Thursday at the Basketball World Cup.

Playing his third game in as many days as he continues his recovery from a knee injury in November 2013, Bulls star guard Derrick Rose had four points on 2-of-9 shooting. Rose came off the bench once again, playing 18 minutes, 32 seconds. Rose added four points, four assists and had no turnovers.

Anthony Davis finished with 12 points for the Americans, who were still waiting out the final results from Group D in the Canary Islands to determine who they would play Saturday night in Barcelona. They would draw the fourth-place finisher in the round of 16.

The margin was far closer than the U.S. result against a methodical Ukraine team coached by former NBA coach Mike Fratello, but the Americans were never in any danger of losing in the second half after seizing control just before halftime.

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