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US rallies from down 5 at half behind Davis and Faried, beats Turkey 98-77

  • United States's Kyrie Irving, right, goes for the basket in front Turkey's Baris Hersek, left, during the Group C Basketball World Cup match, in Bilbao northern Spain, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. The 2014 Basketball World Cup competition take place in various cities in Spain from  last Aug. 30 through to Sept. 14. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

    United States's Kyrie Irving, right, goes for the basket in front Turkey's Baris Hersek, left, during the Group C Basketball World Cup match, in Bilbao northern Spain, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. The 2014 Basketball World Cup competition take place in various cities in Spain from last Aug. 30 through to Sept. 14. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)  (The Associated Press)

  • United States's James Harden, tries to controls the ball in front Turkey's Omer Asik, left, Cenk Akyol, and Sinan Guler, center back, during the Group C Basketball World Cup match, in Bilbao northern Spain, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. The 2014 Basketball World Cup competition take place in various cities in Spain from  last Aug. 30 through to Sept. 14. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

    United States's James Harden, tries to controls the ball in front Turkey's Omer Asik, left, Cenk Akyol, and Sinan Guler, center back, during the Group C Basketball World Cup match, in Bilbao northern Spain, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. The 2014 Basketball World Cup competition take place in various cities in Spain from last Aug. 30 through to Sept. 14. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)  (The Associated Press)

  • United States's Rudy Gay, center, protest to referee during the Group C Basketball World Cup match against Turkey, in Bilbao northern Spain, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. The 2014 Basketball World Cup competition take place in various cities in Spain from  last Aug. 30 through to Sept. 14. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

    United States's Rudy Gay, center, protest to referee during the Group C Basketball World Cup match against Turkey, in Bilbao northern Spain, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. The 2014 Basketball World Cup competition take place in various cities in Spain from last Aug. 30 through to Sept. 14. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)  (The Associated Press)

Kenneth Faried scored 22 points, Anthony Davis all of his 19 in the second half, and the U.S. rebounded from a rare deficit at halftime to beat Turkey 98-77 on Sunday in the Basketball World Cup.

A night after beating Finland by 59 in its biggest rout ever while using NBA players in the former world championship, the Americans couldn't take control against Turkey until early in the fourth quarter.

They trailed 40-35 at halftime and Turkey led by six early in the third before the Americans could finally get the game into the quicker tempo they prefer and pull away to win the rematch of the 2010 gold-medal game in Istanbul.

But it was a much tougher one than expected after the Americans hammered Finland 114-55 while Turkey was being outplayed for most of its opener by New Zealand before pulling out the victory.