Olympics | US men survive another scare, this time from Serbia

So this is how it's going to be.

Threatened by Australia in its previous game, the USA men's team started fast but had to survive a heart-racing final seconds to beat Serbia 94-91 on Friday, the 49th consecutive global tournament win for the Americans.

The rest of the world isn't awestruck, not by this team.

"We never saw that in any exhibition game or whatever", Krzyzewski said.

Mario Andrada, chief spokesman for the local organizing committee, stressed that the pool was safe for competition, clearing the way for the preliminaries of women's 3-meter springboard. That's why Australia scared the Americans into humility before the US prevailed, 98-88, on Wednesday.

The U.S. pushed its lead to 27-9, but Serbia wasn't buckling.

The Swedes beat the US 4-3 on penalties following a 1-1 draw in the quarterfinals. They'll play China in their final game of the group phase.

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As good as Kyrie Irving is, the team does miss the master offense-running ability of Chris Paul and LeBron James. "As good as we are offensively, defensively is where we've got to really man up". He said that they were "easy to guard" and they need to "man up" on defense.

Will they start sharing the ball as well as their opponents do? Serbia continued the trend by shooting 52 percent. The U.S. also couldn't handle guard Milos Teodosic, who finished with 18 points and six assists.

Serbia's Miroslav Raduljica came up with 18 big points in the near upset, putting the moves on U.S. big men before fouling out in the fourth quarter. "We're going to get their best shot". It's a different game. These worldwide guys really know how to move and really know how to cut. That's one thing they do well in our league. "DeMarcus' game is different, so he has an adjustment to make and he's trying to make it".

Now at 4-0 in group play, they were already guaranteed of a spot in the knockout phase starting next week.

Early on, it looked like US were headed for another blowout, leading 23-5 at one point in the first quarter. DeAndre Jordan, also coming off the bench, made an early impact in the paint.

The Americans don't seem stressed, canceling practice Saturday. The offense wasn't fluid, either.

Kyrie Irving scored 15 points and Durant and Carmelo Anthony had 12 apiece for the USA team, which arrived in South American lauded as the latest version of an American super squad.

During critical possessions, the USA looked disjointed. Kevin Durant added 17 points. Team USA would go on to win the game by a measly 3 points, toppling the Serbians in a tightly-contested match, with the game ending in a 94-91 Team USA lead. Punctuated by drive and kicks, the United States racked up easy look after easy look, which led to them scoring 27 points on 50% shooting. "It just comes down to a trust factor, not letting one guy have that feeling that he has to do it alone". Coach K has always been serious and with these two close calls, the legendary Blue Devils coach will whip them into shape. The way this [international] game is played.

If stars from the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers can barely survive Australia and Serbia, what chance would younger stars from Kentucky and Duke have? But the USA found a determined team.

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Team USA had some disciplinary struggles in the first quarter.

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