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U.S. sur­vives scare from Brazil

The shot bounced off the back rim, then the front, then fi­nally fell out.

With that, the United States walked off the court with a vic­tory and an­other warn­ing: A world bas­ket ball cham­pi­onship won’t come eas­ily for this young team — if it comes at all.

The Amer­i­cans sur­vived their first tough test in Turkey, edg­ing Brazil 70-68 on Mon­day when Le­an­dro Bar­bosa’s shot rat­tled out at the buzzer.

“This game right here was an eye opener,” U.S. guard Der­rick Rose said.

Kevin Du­rant scored 27 points, and Chauncey Billups added 15 for the Amer­i­cans, 3-0, who es­sen­tially clinched Group B with the vic­tory.

MARK J. TER­RILL | THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Le­an­dro Bar­bosa (right) bul­lied Kevin Du­rant but couldn’t knock U.S. out.

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