BARCELONA, Spain (AP/CBS) — Klay Thompson scored 20 points, and Bulls guard Derrick Rose had his most productive game of the FIBA World Cup with 12 points to help Team USA turn a close game into a 119-76 rout of Slovenia on Tuesday in the quarterfinals of tournament.
Rose did his damage on 6-of-10 shooting from the field, and he added five assists, three rebounds, two turnovers and a steal in 18-plus minutes. Rose looked more like his healthy self of years ago, attacking the hoop often and being aggressive early, scoring four points on 2-of-5 shooting in the first quarter. He only got more efficient from there.READ MORE: Jussie Smollett Testifies Osundairo Brothers Asked For $2 Million To Say They Weren't Involved In Any Hoax
Rose had been struggling offensively previously, shooting 8-of-37 in the World Cup entering Tuesday.
James Harden and Kenneth Faried had 14 points for the Americans, who will play Lithuania on Thursday in Barcelona for a spot in Sunday’s gold-medal game in Madrid. Lithuania beat Turkey, 73-61, earlier Tuesday.
Goran Dragic of the Phoenix Suns lead Slovenia with 13 points.
The Americans led by only five points early in the third quarter before tearing off a 27-10 run. Harden and Stephen Curry finally got going after the All-Stars combined to miss all 12 shots in the first half.
That made it 76-54 with about two minutes left in the period, and the game turned altogether lopsided after the Americans scored the first 10 points of the fourth quarter to lead 96-64.
So the scoreboard ended up looking much like the Americans’ 101-71 exhibition rout the week the tournament opened, when they rode huge advantages in points in the paint and at the free throw line.READ MORE: North Carolina, Tennessee And Washington D.C. Added To The Chicago Travel Advisory
But it didn’t look that way for a while for a U.S. team that had been mostly unchallenged in the tournament while beating opponents by 31.5 points a game.
The Americans shot poorly at the start, but that just gave them more opportunities to pad their rebound totals. They missed 21 shots in the first quarter but grabbed 14 offensive boards and scored 15 second-chance points, though their lead was only 29-22 after one.
The U.S. lead grew to 12 in the second quarter, but the Americans managed only a 3-pointer by Rudy Gay over the final 2 1/2 minutes, and Zoran Dragic’s 3-pointer with 36 seconds remaining cut it to 49-42 at the break.
Harden was 0-for-8 in the half while Curry missed all four of his shots while being limited to eight minutes of playing time because of foul trouble.
That gave Rose extra time to get his shot going after struggling badly in the tournament, his first action after missing most of the last two seasons following a pair of knee operations.
The tenseness of the first half and the feistiness of the Slovenians seemed to fire up the Americans, who celebrated so wildly after a couple of their dunks that coach Mike Krzyzewski had to back them up off the floor back toward the bench.MORE NEWS: Bookings For Airbnb 'Home Alone' House Opens Tuesday
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