Unbeaten Iran wins birth to finals at FIBA Asia

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Iran survived an early scare from Chinese Taipei earning a birth to the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain.

Taipei got off to a hot start. At the end of the first quarter, they were leading 23-14 thanks to streaky shooting from Chi-Chieh Lin and Cheng-Ju Lu.

This Taipei run was just enough to wake up the sleeping giant Iran. They would clamp down defensively forcing eight Taipei turnovers in the second quarter. Iran would eventually dribble past Chinese Taipei to a 79-60 victory.

Hamed Haddadi scored 17 points for the Iranians while Quincy Davis was the leading scorer for Taipei with 16.

Iran awaits the winner of Korea and Philippines to determine the FIBA Asia championship game.

Nick Bedard (@bedardnick) is the editor-in-chief of Basketballbuddha.com.

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