(CNN)Spain captured its 2nd FIBA basketball World Cup identity after defeating Argentina ninety five-seventy five inside the gold medal recreation on the Wukesong Arena in Beijing on Sunday.
The Spaniards capped a dominant run as they completed undefeated at 8-0.
Point protect Ricky Rubio led Spain with 20 points, seven rebounds, and 3 assists, and become named most valuable participant of the worldwide competition.
“We made records, and we have been equipped for that. We had a first-rate tournament. We needed to fight for this one,” Rubio said.
“It’s just top-notch how the complete match has been for us as a crew,” Rubio said. “We were not the most important or most proficient group, but we have been the team with the largest coronary heart.”
The shield exceeded Argentina’s Pablo Prigioni as the World Cup assists chief when you consider that FIBA commenced recording all recreation facts in 1994.
Big man Marc Gasol gained his 2d championship in less than 3 months. He gained the NBA championship with the Toronto Raptors and turns into the second one participant to win an NBA title and the FIBA World Cup identify inside the identical yr.
In 2010, Lamar Odom finished the feat for the Los Angeles Lakers and USA Basketball.
Gasol finished with 14 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists.
He becomes among five players named to the FIBA World Cup 2019 All-Star Five. The other four are Rubio, Bogdan Bogdanovic of Serbia, Evan Fournier of France and Luis Scola of Argentina.