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United States crowned world champions

Kevin Durant has proved the man of the tournament for the U.S. and he added 28 more points in their final win.
Kevin Durant has proved the man of the tournament for the U.S. and he added 28 more points in their final win.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The United States capture their first world basketball title since 1994
  • They defeat host nation Turkey 81-64 in the gold medal match on Sunday
  • Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant again proved to be the man of the match
  • Having scored 38 points in the semifinal win over Lithuania, he added 28 points more
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(CNN) -- The United States are the new world basketball champions after a comfortable 81-64 victory over host nation Turkey in Istanbul on Sunday.

In front of a passionate and noisy home crowd, the United States dominated proceedings with Kevin Durant again living up to his billing as the man of the tournament.

The Oklahoma City star scored 38 points in the semifinal victory over Lithuania, and added another 28 in the final to ensure victory for coach Mike Krzyzewski's side.

The victory gave the United States the fourth world title in their history, although it was their first since 1994.

It also confirmed their current dominance in the international arena following their Olympic success in Beijing in 2008.

Despite their home support, Turkey never got close than they did at the end of the opening quarter, where they trailed 22-17 -- with Durant getting 11 of those.

The 15,000 screaming home fans did not seem to be affecting the Americans, who doubled their lead to 42-32 at half-time.

And the visitors continued to pull away from their rivals, increasing their lead to a 13-point 61-48 margin going into the final quarter.

Turkey managed to claw their way back from a third period deficit in their dramatic semfinal victory over Serbia.

But they were not able to replicate that feat 24 hours later, and the United States went on to seal a resounding 17-point success.

Meanwhile, Lithuania took the bronze medal with an entertaining 99-88 victory over Serbia earlier in the day.