Slovenia overcome injuries to claim historic title in Dragic's swansong

Slovenia overcome injuries to claim historic title in Dragic's swansong

Pau Gasol and Spain, however, were too strong in the end.

Spain's star National Basketball Association brothers Pau and Marc Gasol carried the team to their sixth consecutive continental podium finish with a 93-85 victory over Russian Federation in Sunday's FIBA EuroBasket 2017 bronze medal game in Istanbul.

With scores level with just over two minutes left, Klemen Prepelic (21 points) hit a clutch shot followed by an Anthony Randolph (15 points) running jumper to give Slovenia some breathing space. However, as the fourth quarter wore on Dragic exhausted noticeably and Serbia were able to take the lead halfway through the period.

With Dragic out, Serbia briefly took the lead at 79-78, and again at 82-80 with 3:37 to go.

After a balanced first quarter, which ended with Serbia 22-20 ahead, Dragic scored 20 of Slovenia's 36 points in the second quarter to help give it a 56-47 halftime lead.

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"We are an uptempo team ... the importance of the game shouldn't change what we do", said Slovenia's Serb coach, Igor Kokoskov.

The thriller at Sinan Erdem Dome, Istanbul, saw undefeated Slovenia taking on Serbia, who only lost once in group stage.

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

Meanwhile, giants Spain won the bronze medal after defeating Russian Federation also 93-85.

Russia: Shved (18), Brain (14 + 10 rebounds), Dmitry Kulagin (10 + 7 assists).

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