Slovenia beat Serbia and won their first Eurobasket

Lynette Rowe
September 20, 2017

Porzingis dropped 34 points and pulled down six boards in Latvia's quarterfinal game against Dragic's Slovenia, but it wasn't enough (that was the same game where KP got into it with Anthony Randolph). However, as the fourth quarter wore on Dragic exhausted noticeably and Serbia were able to take the lead halfway through the period.

A dominant first half allowed Spain to prevail over Russian Federation, 93-85, in the EuroBasket 2017's third-place match on Sunday in Istanbul's Sinan Erdem Dome. It went on a 12-0 run, during which guard Klemen Prepelic scored the go-ahead basket, 84-82, with 2:20 to go.

Dragic's points were the most in a final since Spanish star Pau Gasol's 36 in 2003 and short of Aleksandar Djordjevic's all-time record of 41. "They brought the National Basketball Association speed on the floor", Serbia coach Aleksandar Djordjevic said.

Luka Doncic's injury threatened to derail Slovenia, who were up by eight midway through the third when the 18-year-old went down.

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Earlier, Spain defeated Russian Federation 93-85 to take third place.

Bogdan Bogdanovic, who is set to join the Sacramento Kings next season, led Serbia with 22 points.

The thriller at Sinan Erdem Dome, Istanbul, saw undefeated Slovenia taking on Serbia, who only lost once in group stage. Alexey Shved led Russian Federation with 18.

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