USA Basketball defeated Lithuania 96-68 on Thursday to reach the 2014 FIBA World Cup gold medal game, but it was no walk in the park.
The chippy contest was highlighted by a pair of scuffles, one of which Kings forward Rudy Gay believes developed because of a "dirty play."
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Gay was on the receiving end of an elbow to the face in the third quarter and had to have his mouth worked on until 2 a.m. Friday morning in Barcalona before flying to Madrid, according to a USA TODAY Sports report.
"I've got a fracture in my jaw, a broken tooth and am going to probably need a root canal," Gay told USA TODAY Sports. "The top is where I got hit. It's painful. It's uncomfortable, and it still bleeds, so I've got to continuously gargle. It is what it is, man.
After the game, head coach Mike Krzyzewski had to break up a skirmish between the two sides, and Gay has little doubt why it started.
"I think (the elbow) had a little bit to do with (the postgame confrontation)," Gay said. "It was a dirty play, man. It was a dirty play."
The culprit was reportedly either big man Ksistof Lavrinovic or his twin brother Darjus Lavrinovic.
"I don't even remember; I couldn't tell them apart," Gay said.
Earlier in the game, DeMarcus Cousins drew a technical foul for balling up his fists after suffering an elbow to the throat from Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas.
USA Basketball will play Serbia for the 2014 FIBA World Cup title on Sunday in Madrid, Spain.