The Israeli team was led to victory by another NBA player Deni Avdija, the author of 23 points and 15 rebounds. It was Washington’s wing player who tied the score at 79:79 in the last minute of regular time with his third three-pointer in the game. The Israelis also opened the extra five minutes with a three-point basket and did not let the opponent in front of them. Although Markkanen was able to equalize with five points in a row to 84:84, Avdija had the answer again.
The Serbian co-favorites of the tournament never lost to the Dutch, they had five players with double-digit points, and star Nikola Jokic scored 19 points as the team’s top scorer. In addition to the two-time winner of the MVP award for the best player of the NBA and the star of Denver, the point guard of the Euroleague champion Anadolu Efes Vasilije Micič was also among the leaders with 15 points and 12 assists. The Dutch were led by playmaker Worthy de Jong, who hit six three-pointers and scored 28 points.
In Group C in Milan, the Greeks, led by superstar Janis Adetokunbo, beat Croatia 89-85. The 2019 and 2020 NBA MVP and Milwaukee star scored 27 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out six assists, tying American native and Dallas point guard Tyler Dorsey for five three-pointers. Their team led by as many as 19 points in the second quarter, but the Croatians still managed to get as close as two, but that was the maximum from the team around Utah point guard Bojan Bogdanovic. Jaleen Smith, a naturalized American, was the leading scorer for the Croatians with 23 points and five three-point baskets, Bogdanovic added 19.
Ukraine entered the tournament with a crushing 91-60 victory over the British. The best scorer of the match was Toronto NBA player Sviatoslav Mykhayljuk with 17 points, the author of five three-pointers.
|European Basketball Championship:|
|Group C (Milan):|
|Ukraine – Great Britain 90:61 (22:17, 42:32, 66:44)|
|Greece – Croatia 89:85 (24:16, 46:30, 70:62)|
|Italy – Estonia 83:62 (21:18, 52:33, 69:52).|
|Group D (Prague):|
|Israel – Finland 89:87 after extra time (16:27, 40:40, 61:58, 79:79)|
|Czechia – Poland 84:99|
|Serbia – Netherlands 100:76 (31:21, 51:38, 75:61).|