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United States reach basketball semis

Kevin Durant was the star of the show as the United States eased into the world basketball semifinals.
Kevin Durant was the star of the show as the United States eased into the world basketball semifinals.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • A game-high 33 points from Kevin Durant helps USA overcome Russia 89-79
  • The result lifts USA into the semifinals of the world baskesball championships
  • Serbia and host nation Turkey have already booked their places in the last four
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(CNN) -- The United States are through to the semifinals of the world basketball championships after defeating Russia 89-79 in Istanbul on Thursday.

Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant helped himself to a game-high 33 points as the United States joined host nation Turkey and Serbia in the last four.

However, the U.S. did not have things all their own way in a tight opening spell, with a durable Russian side ending the first quarter level at 25 points each.

But despite not finding their normal fluent form, the U.S. managed to edge ahead at half-time, where they held a 44-39 advantage.

The game turned in the third quarter, as Russia scored just 17 points, enabling the United States to build-up a 14-point lead.

And the final quarter saw the United States consolidate their lead to complete a comfortable victory.

Durant dominated proceedings, with captain Chauncey Billups of the Denver Nuggets the next-best scorer on 15 points.

The best of the Russians was Sergey Bykov with 17 points ahead of Andrey Vorontsevich with 14 points.

Meanwhile, the final semifinal place was taken by Lithuania, who crushed Argentina 104-85 in the late Thursday match.