Spain wins the 2019 FIBA World Cup championship, defeating Argentina by 95-75 in the final game on Sunday. Marc Gasol was the leading figure on the Spanish side from the NBA; he scored 14 points for the winners.
Spanish player Ricky Rubio scored 20 points while Sergio Llull added 15 points. Spain secured the second championship title after claiming their first Cup in 2006. Spain became the ninth team to make it to the World Cup unbeaten.
For Marc Gasol, it was a historic victory; he became the second player to win an NBA title and a FIBA gold medal in the same year. The Toronto Raptors center will now join Lamar Odom who won NBA title with LA Lakers in 2010 and also championship Cup with the USA. This is a rare double title year for Gasol.
In 2006, Gasol elder brother Pau Gasol led Spain to win the Cup. The 2019 World Cup was Gasol turn, three months after lying hands-on NBA Larry O’Brien Trophy for the first time. He has now hoisted gold for his nation. Gasol has become the first NBA player to hold two titles in the same year outside the USA.
Argentina won their third FIBA World Cup medal, making them the fifth nations with the most trophy after the US with 12, Yugoslavia 10, Soviet Union 8 and Brazil 6. Spain and Argentina both have two medals. Spain is among five nation to win the World Cup. The U.S.A. and Yugoslavia have won five championships, followed by the Soviet Union three and Brazil two titles.
This victory was also a second title for Spain coach Sergio Scariolo; he is the assistant coach on Nick Nurse staff in Toronto.