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Potential finals opponents Turkey and Serbia both have made 71 3-pointers, two behind the Americans’ tournament-leading total. The Turks, with a number of big men with range, lead all teams by shooting 43.8 percent behind the arc.

Lithuania can be just as dangerous.

“I think the toughest international teams to defend put four shooters on the court, where the 4 is also a good 3-point shooter, and that’s what they do,” Krzyzewski said. “And then when they sub at the center position, they actually have five good shooters.”

The teams met last month in an exhibition game in Madrid, with the U.S. overcoming a 3-for-21 first quarter to rally for a 77-61 victory. The Americans have struggled through some similar droughts in Turkey, often needing Durant to bail them out.

He wasn’t aware he had come so close to Anthony’s single-game U.S. record Thursday until afterward.

“I was just trying to win, that’s all I worry about here. I could score five points, if we win by 30 points, that’s good to me,” Durant said. “I’m just excited to be part of this great group and hopefully we get it done.”

The Americans haven’t won the world championship since 1994, when they had the tournament MVP in Shaquille O’Neal. Durant wouldn’t even endorse himself for the all-tournament team following a practice this week, rattling off a list of other players he considered worthy and calling Argentina’s Luis Scola the obvious MVP choice.

Scola has been superb, but his team couldn’t get past Lithuania. The Americans might not either, unless Durant leads them.

“You’ve always got to feed the hot hand and he’s been the hot hand the whole tournament,” Curry said. “So hopefully it’s got two more games left in it.”