NBA in Canada Jordi Fernandez He made national history by winning the first medal for a North American country in a World Cup, and he did it by defeating the United States, a team that was left without a podium for the second consecutive World Cup. after losing 3 matches, including the semifinal and the match for bronze.
Bronze medal for Canada in a crazy game that was decided in overtime. The score of 117-128 expresses well the pace of scoring in which the game was played, a game in which the Canadian NBA did not fail: brutal Dillon Brooks with 39 points and 7 of 8 from the triple, confirming his number in this championship before the NBA after his fall from grace that brought him to Houston, is surprising. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander with 31 points and 12 assists and is famous RJ Barrett with 23 points and 7 rebounds.
With NBA players Jordi Fernández and Nate Bjorkgren Heading into the historic medal hunt, Canada had the match almost won before the last breath Mikal Bridges will perform an extraordinary feat.
The Miracle of Mikal Bridges
It could be the title of a movie: ‘The Miracle of Mikal Bridges’. But in fact it is the confirmation of a strange fact. With 107-111 on the scoreboard everything seemed clear, until Bridges invented a 4-point play.
Bridges had 2 free throws with 4 seconds left. He scored the first (108-111) and tried to miss the second, he recovered the ball with an offensive rebound full of luck and intuition and immediately went to the corner to hit a triple at the buzzer that made with the score 111-111 to force the extension. In overtime, adversity returned to the team Steve Kerr who fell 7-16 to lose 117-128 in another global failure of considerable proportions.
Here is Bridges’ miracle play.
United States (which played without Brandon Ingram, Paolo Banchero y Jaren Jackson Jr. and who is missing Bobby Portis due to a double technique) once again failed miserably in defense, as they did in their previous defeats against Lithuania and Germany.
The first quarter belonged to Canada, the second to the Americans, and they reached halftime with a score of 56-58.
The third quarter belonged to Canada, which ended the period with a lead of 9 (82-91), but the United States put a little pressure on the defense in the last half until they forced overtime to no avail.
Anthony Edwards he scored 24 points, Austin Reaves a player who never stops growing, scored 23 points and Mikal Bridges added 19, which he accompanied with 9 rebounds.
The United States left another World Cup empty-handed. Playing without your superstars starts off synonymous with failure.