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Team USA lost because it keeps changing its roster, never developing the chemistry and familiarity that the best international teams have developed.
The Greeks had two or three plays that worked over and over and over again, just like Argentina's plays worked two years ago in Athens, and Team USA didn't have the cohesion a team needs to play the halfcourt defense required to win in these tournaments.
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|They danced at midcourt (and in Greece) after beating Team USA.|
ATHENS, Greece -- Thousands of Greeks gathered in the streets, waved flags and honked car horns to celebrate the 101-95 upset victory over the United States.
"This is the biggest thing we've ever done," former Greek star Panayiotis Fasoulas said. "The Americans are the most talented players but we have a better team. Right now we're the best in the world. ... Beating the U.S. is more important than the final."
Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis cut short scheduled meetings to watch the end of the game and expressed gratitude to the Greek team.
"I wonder if a 'thank you' is enough, but I feel the need to say it twice over to [coach] Panagiotis Yannakis and his guys," Karamanlis said in a statement.
Chanting "Lift the Cup," fans waved Greece's blue-and-white flags, blared car horns as midday parties sprang up in Athens and Thessaloniki, Greece's second-largest city.
Traffic information screens flashed the final score, as motorists abandoned their cars to join celebrating crowds. Teenagers set off firecrackers and waved flags on mo-peds as they headed to the center of Athens.
-- The Associated Press