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Russell Westbrook named player of game as USA beats Lithuania

Thunder forward Kevin Durant scored a team-high 15 points for the United States.
By PAUL LOGOTHETIS, AP Sports Writer Modified: August 21, 2010 at 6:02 pm •  Published: August 21, 2010

Westbrook, who had 12 points and five rebounds, also played a key role in his bid to make the team, as Krzyzewski must drop his roster by one player to 12 before the Aug. 28-Sept. 12 worlds in Turkey.

"I try to go out and not pay attention to what's happening with the cuts and whose getting cut," said Westbrook, Durant's teammate on the Oklahoma City Thunder. "The key for me and the rest of the team is coming out and having a defensive mindset. If we defend our offense will take care of itself."

After the sluggish first half, the pace picked up and the teams traded the lead as Gay made up for an earlier miss with a high-flying dunk for 44-42 lead. Center Robertas Javtokas kept Lithuania close with eight points in the period.

The U.S. defense improved in the third period when Gordon made down all four free throws after the technical and flagrant foul, and followed up a Westbrook dunk off a steal with his own lay-in as the U.S. went into the fourth period with momentum and ready to run its fast break. Lithuania didn't hit a shot for five minutes at the beginning of the period.

Durant said the excitement of getting started in the Spanish capital added to his poor night.

"It was a tough one," he said. "But we fought through it."

The U.S. plays defending world champion Spain on Sunday.