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(AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos). Stephen Curry of the US, right, shoots the ball in front of Ukraine's Dmytro during the Group C Basketball World Cup match, in Bilbao, northern Spain, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos). Stephen Curry of the US, right, shoots the ball in front of Ukraine's Dmytro during the Group C Basketball World Cup match, in Bilbao, northern Spain, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014.
(AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos). Derrick Rose of the US, left, dunks the ball during the Group C Basketball World Cup match against Ukraine in Bilbao, northern Spain, Thursday Sept. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos). Derrick Rose of the US, left, dunks the ball during the Group C Basketball World Cup match against Ukraine in Bilbao, northern Spain, Thursday Sept. 4, 2014.
By BRIAN MAHONEY
AP Basketball Writer

BILBAO, Spain (AP) - James Harden scored 17 points, Stephen Curry added 14 and the unbeaten U.S. national team wrapped up pool play with a 95-71 victory over Ukraine on Thursday at the Basketball World Cup.

Anthony Davis finished with 12 points for the Americans, who were still waiting out the final results from Group D in the Canary Islands to determine who they would play Saturday night in Barcelona. They would draw the fourth-place finisher in the round of 16.

The margin was far closer than the U.S. result against a methodical Ukraine team coached by former NBA coach Mike Fratello, but the Americans were never in any danger of losing in the second half after seizing control just before halftime.

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