Spain Overcomes Argentina in the FIBA Finals, Win World Cup
Led by Marc Gasol, Ricky Rubio, and Sergio Llull, the Spaniards made quick work of their FIBA World Cup Finals opponents, en route to a championship finish.
Rubio led the way with 20 points while Toronto Raptors big man Gasol was all over the boxscore with 14 points, seven boards, seven assists, two steals, and three blocks en route to a 95-75 victory over Argentina on Sunday morning. The win makes Gasol the second player in basketball history to a win an NBA championship and a FIBA World Cup gold medal in the same year, joining former Los Angeles Laker Lamar Odom who accomplished the feat in 2010.
Gasol was part of the Spanish World Cup winning team back in 2006.
— Basketball World Cup (@FIBAWC) September 15, 2019
Never in doubt right from the start, Spain was able to slow down former Raptor Luis Scola, who has had a dominant tournament to that point, taking a double-digit point lead into the second half. Never trailing at any point during the contest, the Spanish were able to continue their dominant play by riding their big guns to lock down the win.
Gasol and Rubio would go onto be named as part of the tournament’s All-Star Five, alongside Bogdan Bogdanovic, Evan Fournier, and Scola.