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

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Dragic's points were the most in a final since Spanish star Pau Gasol's 36 in 2003 and short of Aleksandar Djordjevic's all-time record of 41.

Slovenia won the EuroBasket 2017 after beating Serbia 93-85 in Istanbul on Sunday. In the middle of the final quarter the Serbs after a long chase took the lead, but Slovenia immediately organized dash 12:0 and shut down all questions about the winners of Eurobasket 2017.

Porzingis dropped 34 points and pulled down six boards in Latvia's quarterfinal game against Dragic's Slovenia, but it wasn't enough (that was the same game where KP got into it with Anthony Randolph). But Slovenia, which had upset pre-tournament favorite Spain 92-72 in the semifinals, refused to fold.

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Serbia did not give up and fought back during the third and fourth quarters, and managed to even the score at 82-82 with 3:22 to go in the final.

A superb break and dunk by Luka Doncic kept the Slovenian run going and the 31-year-old Dragic then caught fire, scoring freely and netting a pair of vital three-pointers to give his side a nine-point lead at half-time.

Spain went up by 17 points, 45-28, after the first half, which proved to be an insurmountable lead over Russians.

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"He is my dear friend, my boss".

Earlier, Spain defeated Russian Federation 93-85 to take third place, with 51 points coming from the Gasol brothers, Pau (26) and Marc (25).

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

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