Shanghai • Khris Middleton saved the US with two free throws and 2.1 seconds ahead of a shocking defeat On Tuesday night, there was a game in Group E of the World Cup.
Turkey scored a 4-0 victory within nine-tenths of a second. The last two mistakes went 8.2 seconds ahead of Cedi Osman. Middleton went into the next possession of the ball to the edge, was fouled and shot both hits.
Turkey had a chance in the end, but Ersan Ilyasova's jumper was off and the Americans managed to escape.
The Americans have now won 21
But it had to sweat this game to the end.
Middleton spearheaded the Americans with 15 points and Kemba Walker – single-handedly scoring a five-point deficit in extra time with a 3-pointer and another score pinched by pulling an offensive fouls – scored in one Game 14 points Here Jayson Tatum had to run two of three free throws with a tenth of a second lead to save them.
Ilyasova led Turkey with 23 points. Melih Mahmutoglu had 18, Furkan Korkmaz scored 16 and Osman added 15 for Turkey.
The victory secured the US a second round, but only after Osman and Dogus Balbay went 1-0 off the line with Turkey in the last seconds of extra time.
Ilyasova's tip-in with a lead of 12.3 seconds put Turkey in the lead with 81-79. Turkey had taken the lead with a 9-0 lead before Ilyasova's strike ricocheted off the edge and fell through the net.
The US scored the victory in the subsequent possession of the ball when Middleton ticked off a 3-pointer and then the missing ball that found Tatum as the last seconds ticked away. He was fouled by Osman when he made a 3-point attempt from above. The scoreboard showed no time left, but officials put on the check a tenth of a second.
He made the first one. The second one fell out. The third, with the game on the line, rattled home.
Turkey had a chance at the last game of regulation, but a blow to the edge was easily knocked out and sent the game to OT.
The United States Raced The game went 10-2 in the lead and never ended in half, though it was far too narrow for the Americans. It was 26-21 after the first quarter, though it seemed the Americans were back in control when they were 41-26 and 5:33 in half.
Then Turkey got a spark from a Gainesville-born guard, Florida.
Scottie Wilbekin, who played college ball for Florida for four years last year and got his Turkish passport, celebrated a 12-0 run that aroused 18,000 spectators at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center for Turkey. He ran it with a 3-pointer, fed Ilyasova a short time later with another 3 points and converted a 4-point game with 3:12 in half.
And it stayed the rest of the way over close to the end.
USA: Jason Williams, the point guard of Miami's 2006 NBA championship team, stood in the stands. Tatum, Myles Turner and Joe Harris each finished 11 for the Americans.
Turkey: Turkey have lost 21-2 in the last 29 World Cup games … Wilbekin had previously had to compete with some US players – in college in Florida he played against Harris (Virginia) and Middleton (Texas A & M), and in the 2015 NBA preseason for Philadelphia, he met Harris (then Cleveland) and Brook Lopez (then Brooklyn).
The USA are now 3-0 against Turkey after having played each other in the last three World Cups. The Americans were in the game for the gold medal of the World Championships in Istanbul 2010 with 81: 64 against Turkey. In the second game of 2014 they celebrated a rally of five points to Turkey with 98: 77 World Cup.
Jeremy Lin, who signed with the Beijing Ducks last month to continue his career after playing for nine NBA teams in nine seasons, was there. Lin is best remembered for the New York Knicks "Linsanity" stint, which made him a temporary star and won an NBA title with the Toronto Raptors last season.
US: Faces Japan on Thursday in Shanghai.  Turkey: Meeting with the Czech Republic on Thursday in Shanghai.