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Lamar Odom helps USA defeat Brazil in world championships

August 30, 2010 |  3:04 pm

If you are a Lakers fan and you happened to catch USA defeat Brazil, 70-68, Monday in Istanbul in the FIBA (International Basketball Federation) World Championship, you had to see Lamar Odom do what he does best.

Odom was so bad one moment and then so good the next moment.

 It is something Lakers fans have come to expect from Odom.

He finished with eight points on four-for-10 shooting, nine rebounds, one assist, one steal and three turnovers in helping USA to a 3-0 record in Group B competition.

But it was his play late in the game that was typical Odom.

Odom did a 360-degree spin to get by his defender, Tiago Splitter, who will play for the San Antonio Spurs next season. But Odom missed the layup, something he has done frequently with the Lakers. USA still led, 68-64.

But a few moments later, Odom was back at his best.

He played tough defense and then grabbed the defensive rebound with 1:30 left.

It was, well, typical of Odom.

Odom and USA, which escaped Brazil only after Leandro Barbosa, who was traded from the Phoenix Suns to the Toronto Raptors this summer, missed a last-second shot that could have tied the game and forced overtime.

Odom and USA will have Tuesday off before resuming play Wednesday, when they meet Iran.

-- Broderick Turner