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Rose Held Scoreless As USA Wins Basketball World Cup, 129-92, Over Serbia

MADRID (AP)-- Kyrie Irving made all six 3-pointers and scored 26 points, and the U.S. repeated as world champion for the first time by crushing Serbia, 129-92, on Sunday in the Basketball World Cup.

Bulls guard Derrick Rose was held scoreless in 16:24 of action, going 0-for-4 from the field. He did have a team-high six assists against two turnovers. Offensively, it was a tough World Cup run for Rose, who shot 15-of-59 (25.4 percent) in nine games in a 16-day stretch, but he came out of it healthy and proved he could handle the physical demand, playing in every game. His next step will be when the Bulls start training camp in two weeks.

James Harden added 23 for the Americans, who made 11 of 16 3-pointers in a sensational-shooting first half, adding one final romp to a tournament full of them.

This depleted team that was supposedly weak enough to lose was too good to be touched.

The Americans were supposed to have All-Star forwards Kevin Durant, Kevin Love and Blake Griffin, who all informed USA Basketball not long before the tournament that they would be unavailable.

But Irving and Harden stuck around, and despite sending the youngest U.S. team since NBA players debuted in 1992, the Americans remained as dominant as ever.

They have won 63 straight games -- 45 in official FIBA events and 18 in exhibition play -- and are automatically qualified for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

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