Both Spain and the USA have begun to open a wide lead over the field as they have won their first 2 games by big margins and the Nuggets Kenneth Faried and Thunder Serge Ibaka were the studs that led those teams to FIBA World Cup victories on Sunday.
The 2-0 unbeaten teams are as follows:
USA +80 points
Spain +67 points
Greece +35 points
Brazil +31 points
Slovenia +31 points
Lithuania +26 points
Croatia +8 points
Team USA was saved by Kenneth Faried vs. Turkey as his energy and 22 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocked shots turned the tide in the 98-77 come from behind win.
Spain crushed Egypt 91-54 as everyone on the roster except the 0-4 Jose Calderon scored, but it Serge Ibaka’s turn for a big game as he put up a game-high 18 points and 8 rebounds.
The high score of the day belonged to Luis Scola who once again led Argentina, his 30 points gives him a 25 point average and is tops among all players. However, Argentina lost to Croatia 90-85 as the 76ers first round draft pick Dario Saric had 16 points and 9 rebounds while the Nets Bojan Bogdanovic had 16 points and 7 rebounds.
Houston Rockets veteran Francisco Garcia put up 29 points for the Dominican Republic in a big 76-63 win over the New Zealand Tall Blacks. Thomas Abercrombie who plays for the NZ Breakers had 22 points.
Georgios Printezis had 25 points and 8 rebounds in Greece’s 82-70 win over the Philippines. Printezis turned down an offer to play for the Knicks in 2012 and his NBA rights have been held by the Spurs, Raptors, Mavericks, Knicks, Trail Blazers, Thunder and presently by the Hawks. The Nets free agent Andray Blatche recorded his second double-double in 2 days with 21 points on 6-18 shooting and 14 rebounds for the Philippines. Blatche is currently second in scoring at 24.5 points per game and second in rebounds at 13 per game.
Eugene “Pooh” Jeter scored 24 points for the Ukraine in an 81-76 loss to Finland. Jeter, a one-time King, played in Spain last season and has signed with the Shandong Bulls in China. Shawn Huff, who plays in Germany, scored 23 points for Finland.
Atlanta Hawks unrestricted free agent Gustavo Ayon scored 23 points for Mexico in an 89-68 loss to Slovenia where the Suns Goran Dragic had 18 points and 6 assists and his very noticeable brother Zoran Dragic scored 22 points.
The Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng is averaging 19.5 points and a tournament best 13.5 rebounds for Senegal.
Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas finally missed a shot in the second quarter of his second game and had 11 points and 13 rebounds in Lithuania’s 75-62 win over Angola to become just one of ten players to record a double-double thus far.
Check out all of the leading scorers at the FIBA World Cup here.