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2002 USA Men's World Championship Team

FOURTEENTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP -- 2002

  • Date:
    Sep 22, 2010

Indianapolis, Indiana • August 29-September 8, 2002


USA Basketball's 2002 Men's World Championship Team won its first five games in the 2002 World Championship in impressive style, but then stumbled in three of its last four games to finish a disappointing 6-3 and in sixth place. Conducted Aug. 29-Sept. 8, the 14th FIBA World Basketball Championship was held in Indianapolis, Indiana, marking the first time in the event's 52 year history that the prestigious event had been held in the United States.

2002 USA RESULTS (6-3)
USA 110 Algeria 60
USA 104 Germany 87
USA 84 China 65
USA 106 Russia 82
USA 110 New Zealand 62
Argentina 87 USA 80
Yugoslavia 81 USA 78
USA 84 Puerto Rico 74
Spain 81 USA 76

2002 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL STANDINGS

1. Yugoslavia (7-2)
9. Turkey (4-4)
2. Argentina (8-1)
10. Russia (3-5)
3. Germany (6-3)
11. Angola (2-6)
4. New Zealand (4-5)
12. China (1-7)
5. Spain (7-2)
13. Canada (2-3)
6. USA (6-3)
14. Venezuela (1-4)
7. Puerto Rico (6-3)
15. Algeria (1-4)
8. Brazil (4-5)
 
16. Lebanon (0-5)

 

USA head coach George Karl and the U.S. team gathered in San Francisco to initiate its training on Aug. 16, and 13 days later the USA opened preliminary round play against Algeria. The U.S. roared to a dominating 110-60 win over Algeria as Paul Pierce led the USA offensive charge with 22 points, while Elton Brand, tying a USA World Championship team record for best single game shooting percentage making 8-of-8 shots, added 17 points, and Michael Finley also contributed 17 points.

Facing Germany on Aug. 30, the U.S. posted a hard fought 104-87 win against Germany as Pierce scored six of his team high 26 points in the third quarter's final 2.5 seconds to inspire the USA to a 104-87 victory.

Getting 19 points from Pierce and 15 points from Shawn Marion, the U.S. improved to 3-0 after closing out its first round action with a 84-65 victory over China on Aug. 31.

Pierce finished with 27 points and Andre Miller accounted for 18 as the United States' offense hit the Conseco Fieldhouse floor running on Sept. 2 and the Americans routed Russia 106-82 in their first game of the second round.

Getting 20 point scoring efforts from Finley and Pierce, the USA, behind an impressive offensive showing in the game's third and fourth quarters, improved to 5-0 after earning a lopsided 110-62 victory against New Zealand on Sept. 3.

Closing out its second round play against also 5-0 Argentina, Argentina led from start to finish and relying on a balanced scoring attack that saw six players score between nine and a team best 15 points, shocked the United States with an 87-80 stunning victory on Sept. 4. The U.S. struggled right from the opening tip and fell behind by as many as 20 points in the second quarter. Rallying in the third quarter to cut the gap to six points, the Americans never got any closer as Argentina successfully turned away several USA comeback efforts. Pierce led the USA in scoring, accounting for 22 points. Argentina's upset ended the 58 game win streak in international basketball competitions of USA Basketball teams featuring NBA players.

Despite the loss, the U.S. advanced to the Sept. 5 medal round quarterfinals with a No. 2 Seed. In a do-or-die quarterfinals game featuring the two teams most felt would meet in the gold medal contest, the USA watched its gold medal hopes come crashing down around it after defending world champion Yugoslavia rallied back from 10 points down with 6:42 remaining in the fourth quarter to take an 81-78 victory. The United States' scoring was led by Pierce and Andre Miller who each tallied 19 points, while Yuogslavia was paced by Sacramento Kings All-Stars Predrag Stojakovic and Vlade Divac. Stojakovic finished with a game high 20 points and Divac added 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Relegated to the consolation finals, the U.S. shook off the tremendous disappointment of its quarterfinals loss and behind a team effort that was highlighted by double digit scoring from five players, including 15 points from Jermaine O'Neal and Pierce, the Americans got back on the winning track with an 84-74 victory over Puerto Rico on Sept. 6.

Facing Spain in a game to determine fifth and sixth places, the USA took a nine-point 65-56 lead into the game's final 10 minutes but was outscored 9-0 over the final 2:08 as Spain stormed back to tack an 81-75 loss on the Americans. Playing its ninth game in 10 days, the U.S., which led by as many as 16 points in the third quarter, struggled to score in the fourth quarter and made just 3-of-16 shots (18.8 percent) and was outscored 25-10 as Spain rallied for the win. Raef LaFrentz led the USA with 13 points and added seven rebounds, while Ben Wallace had 12 points and a team high eight rebounds.

In the World Championship gold medal game, Yugoslavia defeated Argentina 84-77 in overtime as Dejan Bodiroga scored 27 points, including nine in a row at the end of regulation to rally his team from an eight-point deficit. The gold medal victory was Yugoslavia's second consecutive and its fifth gold medal in the World Basketball Championships. In the bronze medal game, Germany, behind 29 points from NBA All-Star Dirk Nowitzki, earned its first-ever medal in the World Basketball Championships after overcoming an early deficit to defeat New Zealand 117-94.

2002 USA MEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM ROSTER

NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
AGE
AFFILIATION (SCHOOL) HOMETOWN
Elton Brand
F
6-8
275
23
Los Angeles Clippers (Duke) Peekskill, NY
Antonio Davis
C
6-9
230
33
Toronto Raptors (Texas El-Paso) Toronto, Canada
Baron Davis
G
6-3
223
22
New Orleans Hornets (UCLA) Los Angeles, CA
Michael Finley
G
6-7
215
29
Dallas Mavericks (Wisconsin) Plano, TX
Raef LaFrentz
F/C
6-11
240
26
Dallas Mavericks (Kansas) Dorchester, IA
Shawn Marion
F
6-7
215
24
Phoenix Suns (UNLV) Paradise Valley, AZ
Andre Miller
G
6-2
200
26
Los Angeles Clippers (Utah) Compton, CA
Reggie Miller
G
6-7
195
37
Indiana Pacers (UCLA) Fortville, IN
Jermaine O'Neal
C/F
6-11
242
23
Indiana Pacers (Eau Claire High School) Indianapolis, IN
Paul Pierce
F
6-6
230
24
Boston Celtics (Kansas) Waltham, MA
Ben Wallace
F/C
6-9
240
27
Detroit Pistons (Virginia Union) Chesterfield, VA
Jay Williams
G
6-2
195
20
Chicago Bulls (Duke) Plainfield, NJ
*Nick Collison
F
6-9
250
20
University of Kansas Iowa Falls, IA
HEAD COACH: George Karl, Milwaukee Bucks
ASSSISTANT COACH: Gregg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs
ASSISTANT COACH: Mike Montgomery, Stanford University
ASSISTANT COACH: Kelvin Sampson, University of Oklahoma
TEAM PHYSICIAN: Sanford Kunkel, Indiana Pacers
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Jim Gillen, Denver Nuggets
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Troy Wenzel, Milwaukee Bucks

*Named as an alternate

2002 USA MEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME G/S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AT
BK
ST
Pierce 9/9
53-111
.477
33-67
.493
39-58
.672
41/ 4.6
178/19.8
35
6
10
Finley 9/5
38- 94
.404
22-56
.393
19-22
.864
27/ 3.0
117/13.0
25
1
7
A. Miller 9/7
41- 84
.488
3-11
.273
11-17
.647
27/ 3.0
96/ 10.7
37
1
11
B. Davis 9/2
25- 66
.379
16- 44
.364
4-10
.400
16/ 1.8
70/ 7.8
36
3
14
Marion 6/1
25- 53
.472
2- 9
.222
7-10
.700
28/ 4.7
59/ 9.8
11
2
7
O'Neal 8/5
25- 49
.510
0- 0
.---
8-19
.421
36/ 4.5
58/ 7.3
10
14
6
Brand 8/5
25- 43
.581
0- 1
.000
5- 9
.556
33/ 4.1
55/ 6.9
11
5
6
A. Davis 9/4
21- 46
.457
0- 0
.---
11-18
.611
44/ 4.9
53/ 5.9
11
3
1
Wallace 9/4
23- 44
.523
0- 1
.000
5-14
.357.
61/ 6.8
51/ 5.7
6
15
12
R. Miller 6/3
11- 29
.379
10- 23
.435
4- 4
1.000
8/ 1.3
36/ 6.0
5
0
1
LaFrentz 6/0
14- 31
..452
2- 8
250.
1- 1
1.000
18/ 3.0
31/ 5.2
1
3
2
Williams 7/0
10- 21
.476
1- 7
.143
6- 9
.667
7/ 1.0
27/ 3.9
11
0
6
USA 9
311-671
.463
89-227
.392
120-191
.628
434/48.2
831/92.3
199
53
83
OPP. 9
229-567
.404
69-190
.363
152-207
.734
390/43.3
679/75.4
151
30
57

 

 

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