Both Spain and Serbia came into Sunday’s game undefeated. After a slow start, it was all Spain, which led by as much as 21 points. During the third quarter, Nuggets forward Nikola Jokic was ejected from the game after a jump ball was called instead of a foul. Jokic immediately got in the refs face to argue the call and had to leave the game with 6:40 left in the third quarter. Serbia made a push in the fourth quarter cutting it to 8 at one point but Spain closed it out 81-69.
Suns point guard Ricky Rubio had 19 points while Raptors center Marc Gasol contributed with 11 points and 6 assists. Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic was the only one getting things going for Serbia all game. Bogdanovic finished with a double-double scoring 26 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
Spain will face Poland next in the quarterfinals and Serbia will play Argentina.
Argentina 91, Poland 65
Russia 69, Venezuela 60
Serbia 81, Spain 69
Italy 94 Puerto Rico 89
Nigeria 86, China 73
Korea 80, Ivory Coast 71
Tunisia 86, Angola 84
Iran 95, Philippines 75
Below we take a look at how other NBA players fared:
Boban Marjanovic (Serbia): Limited minutes
Nikola Jokic (Serbia): 6 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist
Willy Hernangomez (Spain): 7 points, 4 rebounds, 1 block
Oklahoma City Thunder
Danilo Gallinari (Italy): 22 points, 6 rebounds, 1 block, 5 assists
Ricky Rubio (Spain): 19 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists
Nemanja Bjelica (Serbia): 3 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist
Bogdan Bogdanovic (Serbia): 26 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists
Isaiah Pineiro (Puerto Rico): 6 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists
San Antonio Spurs
Marco Belinelli (Italy): 27 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists
Marc Gasol (Spain): 11 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists