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Team USA breeze into the FIBA Basketball World Cup final

Klay Thompson-inspired Team USA breezed into the FIBA Basketball World Cup final with a 96-68 victory over Lithuania in Barcelona.

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Fresh from a 20-point haul as the defending champions ruthlessly brushed aside Slovenia in the quarter-finals, Golden State Warriors shooting guard Thompson turned in another match-winning display on Thursday.

Mike Krzyzewski's side now stand on the brink of retaining the title for the first time in the country's history and the Americans are also on track to equal Yugoslavia's record of five world crowns.

With either France or Serbia awaiting USA in Sunday's gold medal match, Krzyzewski's men put down another ominous marker in Spain, especially in the second half, although Thompson had already done the damage by half-time with 14 first-half points.

Lithuania had been expected to provide a stern challenge, having never lost by more than 15 points since the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

But Lithuania simply had no answer as Thompson added two more points to his evening's tally in what was a rematch of the 2010 semi-final " which USA won 89-74 " with Kyrie Irving scoring a game-high 18 points, 13 of which came in the second half.

After leading 43-35 at half-time, three pointers from James Harden " who like Thompson also contributed 16 points " and Stephen Curry (13 points) gave USA the platform to romp to victory.

Lithuania star Jonas Valanciunas and Mindaugas Kuzminskas both posted 15 points, while Adas Juskevicius (12) and Martynas Pocius (10) also reached double figures for the Europeans.

USA now head to Madrid for the weekend showpiece brimming with confidence after another convincing victory at the 2014 World Cup.

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