Spain won the 2019 Basketball World Cup

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Spain defeated Argentina by 95-75 to win the Basketball World Cup held in Beijing, China. This was its second title win after 13 years. The next world cup will held in 2023 in Japan, Indonesia and the Philippines.

  • Spain had won the title last time in 2006 with a 70-47 win over Greece. Argentina had not triumphed since it hosted the inaugural World Cup in 1950. With 32 teams, this was the biggest Basketball World Cup ever.
  • Ricky Rubio scored 20 points and Sergio Llull added 15 for Spain, the ninth team to make it through a World Cup or world championship unbeaten. Gasol scored 14 for the winners, who never trailed and added this crown to the one they claimed in 2006.
  • The Toronto Raptors center becomes the second player to win an NBA title and a Fiba world gold medal in the same year, joining Lamar Odom who did it for the Los Angeles Lakers and USA Basketball in 2010.
  • In the bronze medal match, France beat Australia 67-59. France caused the upset of the tournament when they beat the reigning champions, USA, in the quarter-finals.