Goran Dragic erupts for 35 points, powers Slovenia to first EuroBasket title

Posted September 20, 2017

He was scoreless in the final quarter.

Slovenia captain Goran Dragic scored 35 points and won the tournament MVP award.

As Dragic limped to the bench with an injury, Klemen Prepelic took over, grabbing rebounds and scoring two crucial free throws as Slovenia dug deep to take the lead again and seal a historic victory over their bitter rivals in their first major final.

Pau Gasol finished with 26 points and 10 rebounds; his little brother Marc helped him with 25 points. But Slovenia, which had upset pre-tournament favorite Spain 92-72 in the semifinals, refused to fold.

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In his final global game, Slovenia captain Goran Dragic played a masterful opening three quarters to score 35 points to nearly single-handedly give his team the edge.

"We gave them a lot of transition points".

"We are an uptempo team ... the importance of the game shouldn't change what we do", said Slovenia's Serb coach, Igor Kokoskov. Dragic still managed to score nine points.

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

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"He is my dear friend, my boss".

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

Russia, who have not won a medal since bronze in 2011, were paced by Aleksei Shved's 18 points.

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