Kevin Durant

*Kevin Durant beamed as he listened to his national anthem, which hadn’t been played at the end of the world championship in 16 years.

And that was no “B-Team” standing beside him on the center of the medals platform in Istanbul, Turkey on Sunday.

It was the best team in the world.

The United States won its first world championship since 1994, beating Turkey 81-64 behind another sensational performance from the tournament MVP.

Durant scored 28 points, setting a record along the way for most in the tournament by a U.S. player. He left the court with 42 seconds remaining and shared a long hug with coach Mike Krzyzewski, who finally won the world title after his previous two attempts ended with bronze medals.

“Our only option was to come out here and get a gold, and it feels really good to bring this back home to the States,” Durant said.

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