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MANILA, Philippines – Canada ended its historic run in the 2023 FIBA World Cup with a bronze-medal win over mighty USA in a thrilling 127-118 overtime conquest at the Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday, September 10.
NBA player Dillon Brooks went from villain to victor with a 39-point explosion on 12-of-18 shooting and 7-of-8 from three, while All-NBA First Team member Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 31 points, 12 assists, and 6 rebounds.
Anthony Edwards and Austin Reaves paced the sorry loss with 24 and 23 points, respectively, as the USA goes home without a World Cup medal in consecutive tournaments for the first time in 53 years.
FIBA | FINAL:— Rappler Sports (@RapplerSports) September 10, 2023
From villain to victor!
Dillon Brooks (39 pts, 7/8 3PT) goes wild from three-point land as Canada seals its first-ever #FIBAWC medal, taking bronze over USA, 127-118!
USA goes home without a medal in consecutive tournaments for the first time in 53 years. pic.twitter.com/Lh7V44D3N8
- CANADA 125-118: Austin Reaves late three
- CANADA 124-115: RJ Barrett potential dagger three with 43.8 seconds left
- CANADA 121-115: Anthony Edwards, Dillon Brooks split charity trips
- CANADA 120-114: Dillon Brooks fadeaway
- CANADA 118-112: Josh Hart fouls out. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 2/2 free throws
- CANADA 116-112: Josh Hart crucial miss from the line, goes 1/2
- CANADA 116-111: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander ankle-breaker and three
- CANADA 113-111: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander for two
- END OF REGULATION: Kelly Olynyk missed three off the timeout. USA hangs on by a miracle, 111-all.
- 111-all: Mikal Bridges clutch corner three off his own missed free throw
- CANADA 111-107: Dillon Brooks 2/2 from the line
- CANADA 109-107: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander short jumper
- 107-all: Dillon Brooks crucial miss from the line, hits the second
- USA 107-106: Anthony Edwards layup
- CANADA 106-105: Dillon Brooks three
- CANADA 103-102: RJ Barrett three
- USA 102-100: Josh Hart layup
- 100-all: Austin Reaves layup
- CANADA 100-98: RJ Barrett fastbreak layup. Timeout USA with 4:12 left
- 98-all: Dillon Brooks post hook
- USA 98-96: Austin Reaves 2/2 from the line
- 96-all: Lu Dort putback layup
- USA 96-94: Anthony Edwards isolates and hits a tough mid-range shot. USA 12-0 run.
- 94-all: Tyrese Haliburton tying three off the long rebound. Timeout Canada with 6:58 left.
- CANADA 94-91: Austin Reaves fakes a three, streaks in for the easy layup
- CANADA 94-89: Tyrese Haliburton corner three
- CANADA 94-86: Mikal Bridges scores two charities
- CANADA 94-84: Kelly Olynyk and-one putback
- CANADA 91-84: Bobby Portis scores two from the line
- END OF 3Q: Canada regains distance over USA, 91-82
- CANADA 91-82: Austin Reaves short jumper
- CANADA 91-80: RJ Barrett two from the line
- CANADA 89-80: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander step-back mid-ranger
- CANADA 87-80: Anthony Edwards mid fadeaway
- CANADA 87-78: Nickeil Alexander-Walker corner three
- CANADA 84-78: Bobby Portis layup
- CANADA 84-76: Kelly Olynyk three
- CANADA 81-76: RJ Barrett floater, Anthony Edwards mid-range shot
- CANADA 79-74: Anthony Edwards 1/2 from the line
- CANADA 79-73: Nickeil Alexander-Walker two free throws off the Bobby Portis advantage foul
- CANADA 77-73: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and-one finish
- CANADA 74-73: Mikal Bridges contested corner three
- CANADA 74-70: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 2/2 from the line
- CANADA 72-70: Anthony Edwards three
- CANADA 72-67: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander layup
- CANADA 70-67: Jalen Brunson pullup shot
- CANADA 70-65: Dwight Powell dunk
- CANADA 68-65: Jalen Brunson floater
- CANADA 68-63: RJ Barrett three
- CANADA 65-63: Anthony Edwards mid-range jumper. Timeout Canada with 6:50 left.
- CANADA 65-61: Mikal Bridges and-one finish
- CANADA 65-58: Dillon Brooks now 6/6 from three, gets more MVP chants
- CANADA 62-58: Walker Kessler dunk
- CANADA 62-56: Dillon Brooks steal, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander score
- CANADA 60-56: Dillon Brooks layup
- HALFTIME: Dillon Brooks drops 21 first-half points on 5/5 3PT as Canada edges USA, 58-56.
- CANADA 58-56: Jalen Brunson layup
- CANADA 58-54: Dillon Brooks hits his fifth three in five attempts, gets MVP chants from the Filipino fans
- CANADA 55-54: Dillon Brooks three
- USA 54-52: Anthony Edwards and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander trade twos
- USA 52-48: Walker Kessler putback layup
- USA 50-48: Jalen Brunson and-one finish
- CANADA 48-47: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander two more from the line
- USA 47-46: Anthony Edwards split trip from the line
- 46-46: Anthony Edwards floater
- CANADA 46-44: Dillon Brooks layup
- 44-all: Mikal Bridges mid-range pull-up
- CANADA 44-42: Mikal Bridges mid-range pull-up
- CANADA 44-40: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander floater
- CANADA 42-40: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and-one conversion
- USA 40-39: Dillon Brooks stops the bleeding with another three
- USA 40-36: Bobby Portis free throws push the US run to 19-2
- USA 38-36: Cam Johnson for three for the 17-2 USA run. Timeout Canada with 7:46 left.
- CANADA 36-35: Josh Hart streaks in for the layup. USA on a 14-2 run.
- CANADA 36-33: Austin Reaves short stab plus the foul. He makes the bonus.
- CANADA 36-30: Bobby Portis layup off a Tyrese Haliburton feed
- CANADA 36-28: Kelly Olynyk mid-range shot
- CANADA 34-28: Josh Hart three
- END OF 1Q: Canada outguns USA in a high-scoring opener, 34-25
- CANADA 34-25: Bobby Portis floater
- CANADA 34-23: Austin Reaves two free throws
- CANADA 34-21: Melvin Ejim three
- CANADA 31-21: Bobby Portis alley-oop layup
- CANADA 31-19: Kelly Olynyk layup plus the foul. He makes the bonus.
- CANADA 28-19: Anthony Edwards 2/2 from the line
- CANADA 28-17: RJ Barrett three
- CANADA 25-17: Bobby Portis gets blocked, gets his own board, and sinks a hook.
- CANADA 25-15: Anthony Edwards and RJ Barrett trade twos
- CANADA 23-13: Lu Dort gets the wide open look in the corner, looks at his feet, and swishes a three. Timeout USA with 3:55 left.
- CANADA 20-13: RJ Barrett mid-range step-back shot
- CANADA 18-13: Jalen Brunson floater
- CANADA 18-11: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander contested layup
- CANADA 16-11: Austin Reaves pull-up three
- CANADA 16-8: Lu Dort fastbreak layup
- CANADA 14-8: Dwight Powell dunk off a Lu Dort feed
- CANADA 12-8: Jalen Brunson scores two from the line
- CANADA 12-6: Josh Hart for two, Dillon Brooks for three
- CANADA 9-4: RJ Barrett 1/2 from the line
- CANADA 8-4: Walker Kessler dunk
- CANADA 8-2: Austin Reaves contested layup
- CANADA 8-0: Lu Dort open three
- CANADA 5-0: Dillon Brooks corner three
- CANADA 2-0: Austin Reaves checks in for USA at the 9:14 mark due to Mikal Bridges’ bloody nose. USA with 8 players left.
- CANADA 2-0: Dillon Brooks hook shot
- USA STARTING FIVE: Edwards, Brunson, Kessler, Hart, Bridges
- CANADA STARTING FIVE: Gilgeous-Alexander, Dort, Powell, Barrett, Brooks
Two of the most star-studded teams in the FIBA World Cup finally collide, but unfortunately, not for the crown.
Denied of spots in the finale, the USA and Canada try to secure a podium finish as they face off for the bronze medal at the Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday, September 10.
Its bid to reclaim lost glory crushed following a stinging 113-111 loss to Germany, the United States looks to avoid going empty-handed for the second straight World Cup after a seventh-place finish four years ago in China.
The only times the Americans failed to win a medal in consecutive World Cups came five decades ago, when they placed fourth in 1963, fourth in 1967, and fifth in 1970.
“We’ll be ready as soon as we wake up,” said USA guard Jalen Brunson after their stunning loss to the Germans. “We’re going to use it as fuel.”
Canada, meanwhile, shoots for its first medal in World Cup history as it eyes a bounce-back win after seeing its golden hopes dashed in a 95-86 loss to Serbia.
A victory on Sunday will also mark the first time that the Canadians will finish higher than the Americans in the World Cup.
“I know these guys are going to do whatever it takes to go get that medal,” said Canada head coach Jordi Fernandez.
NBA stars Anthony Edwards and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander duke it out in a bid to save their respective countries’ campaigns.
Edwards averages 18.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.1 steals for the United States, while Gilgeous-Alexander norms 23.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.6 assists, and 1.9 steals for the Canadians.
Game time is 4:30 pm. – Rappler.com