Erden Watch: Serbia (semifinals)
Turkey advances to meet the United States in Sunday's gold-medal game, while Serbia will joust with Lithuania in the bronze-medal match.
Erden came up clutch twice in the final seconds. First he produced a monster dunk (with KG-like emphatic reaction) with 16.8 seconds remaining to put Turkey out front, 81-80. He did miss the ensuing free throw, allowing Serbia to pull ahead at the other end of the court. But Turkey's Kerem Tunceri drove for a layup (Erden playing traffic cop as Serbia's defense scrambled to stop the play from behind) with 0.5 seconds remaining, setting into motion Erden's heroics.
Dusko Savanovic caught a midcourt lob at the left baseline, but Erden, racing across through the lane, tipped the shot (though came perilously close to picking up a foul) as time expired to preserve the win.
Erden, who came off the bench, but played for much of the second half, finished with 9 points on 3-of-4 shooting with three assists, two rebounds, one steal and one monster block over 21 minutes.
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