Spain beat Argentina to claim first FIBA World Cup title since 2006

2019-09-16 04:22:41 GMT2019-09-16 12:22:41(Beijing Time) Xinhua English
Team Spain celebrate during the awarding ceremony after the final match between Spain and Argentina at the 2019 FIBA World Cup in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 15, 2019. (Xinhua/He Changshan) Team Spain celebrate during the awarding ceremony after the final match between Spain and Argentina at the 2019 FIBA World Cup in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 15, 2019. (Xinhua/He Changshan)

BEIJING, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- Spain defeated Argentina 95-75 here on Sunday to claim 2019 FIBA World Cup title after 13 years.

Last time Spain captured the crown was in 13 years ago 2006. Ricky Rubio pocketed 20 points, Sergio Llull added 15 off the bench, Marc Gasol collected 14 and Rudy Fernandez had an 11-point, 10-rebound double-double. The Hernangomez brothers combined for 22 points.

Gabriel Deck contributed 24 points for Argentina, followed by 17 from Nicolas Laprovittola. Facundo Campazzo finished with 11 points and Luis Scola scored 8, while only shooting 3-of-21 from the field together.

Spain opened up the game with an 11-2 run before Argentina hitting back with 11 unanswered points to trim the deficit to 1 point on 13-14. Spain surged a 17-1 run again to expand the lead to 17 points on 31-14 in the second quarter, in which Spain played good defense and kept Luis Scola scoreless.

Spain opened up the third quarter with a 12-2 run, up to 55-33 before Argentina made it back to 55-39 after back-to-back three-pointers by Facu Campazzo and Gabriel Deck. With a great defensive output, Spain repelled Argentina's comeback and put the game beyond reach in the last period. Enditem

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