Kevin Durant scored 25 points and made two crucial late blocks to help the United States beat Spain 86-85 on Sunday in a warmup game for the world championship. A decision to go to a zone defense for the last play caught Spain off-guard and Durant blocked shots by Ricky Rubio and Rudy Fernandez after Derrick Rose put the Americans ahead with two free throws. The United States rallied after Spain — 13 points behind after three quarters — took a one-point lead on Juan Carlos Navarro’s three-point play with 27 seconds left. Navarro scored 20 points in the first game between the teams since the Americans won the 2008 Olympic final. It was the first loss in nine games for Spain, the defending world champion. The world championship begin Saturday in Turkey.
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