Dragic leads Slovenia to Eurobasket glory

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However, as the fourth quarter wore on Dragic exhausted noticeably and Serbia were able to take the lead halfway through the period.

Heat guard Goran Dragic nearly single-handedly put Slovenia in the lead Sunday and it held on to beat Serbia, 93-85, earning Dragic MVP honors in the EuroBasket2017 final in Istanbul.

Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic scored 35 points for Slovenia.

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.

Serbia led 22-20 at the end of the first period, but five quick Slovenian points caused them to take a quick time-out at the start of the second.

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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.

Serbia slowed down the pace in the third, which ended with Slovenia up 71-67.

Slovenia's victory push was nearly derailed when 18-year-old Luka Doncic hobbled off with an injury with his team leading by eight points midway through the third quarter.

Earlier, brothers Pau and Marc Gasol scored 26 and 25 points respectively as Spain claimed their ninth European medal in the last 10 editions with a 93-85 win against Russian Federation in the third-place match. He scored 35 points in the final, six shy of the all-time record of 41, set by Serbia's Aleksandar Djordjevic in 1995.

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

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