Marc Gasol and Ricky Rubio combined to provide 34 points as Spain picked up their second World Cup title, defeating Argentina 95-75, at the Wukesong Arena in Beijing.
Gasol and Rubio made the All-Star Team and the latter was also voted MVP.
It was also the second World Cup triumph for Gasol and Rudy Fernandez, who both were part of the title-winning team at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2006.
Their second Asian triumph makes Spain one of a few countries to have won multiple World Cups, alongside Brazil, F.R. Yugoslavia, Soviet Union, United States and Yugoslavia.
For Argentina, their second-place finish in China is their best performance since 2002, when they also ended up runners-up. They won the inaugural edition of the competition in 1950.
In an exciting Third-Place Game, France came from behind in the second half to defeat Australia 67-59 for their second consecutive top three finish at the World Cup, having also finished third in 2014.
Meanwhile, Nigeria finished 17th overall – Africa’s highest position – with victories over Ivory Coast and China in the classification games.
Final Standings of FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019:
6. Czech Republic
15. Puerto Rico
16. Dominican Republic
19. New Zealand
29. Cote d’Ivoire
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