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FIBA World Cup Studs From Day 3 Pau Gasol And Gorgui Dieng

It was a short schedule of games at the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain on the Labor Day holiday Monday, however, Bulls Pau Gasol and Timberwolves Gorgui Dieng put up some huge numbers in big wins for Spain and Senegal.

The Bulls Pau Gasol used his second dominate performance of the tournament to help Spain lay an 82-63 beating on Brazil. Gasol had 26 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. Spain has won their first three games by an average of 28.7 points.

Senegal knocked off previously unbeaten Croatia 77-75 using a monster 27 point, 8 rebound, 3 assist, 1 steal and 2 block effort from the Timberwolves 24-year-old center Gorgui Dieng. In three games, Dieng has averaged 22 points and 11.7 rebounds. Behind the efforts of their young star, Senegal has their first two wins at this event since 1998. Croatia was led by the 76ers first round draft pick Dario Saric with 15 points, 4 assists and 6 rebounds and the Nets Bojan Bogdanovic with 15 points and 3 rebounds.

The Phoenix Suns free agent center Hamed Haddadi scored a tournament high for the day of 29 points in Iran’s 83-70 loss to Serbia. Haddadi has interest from the Knicks and the Pelicans in the NBA for the upcoming season. Nemanja Bjelica of Fenerbehce Ulker had an 18 point 10 rebound double-double for Serbia.

Pacers forward Luis Scola scored 19 points to lead Argentina in scoring for the third day in a row as his team knocked off the Philippines 85-81. The Nets free agent Andray Blatche recorded his third double-double in 3 days with 14 points, 15 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks in the loss.

Nikos Zisis got hot from outside hitting on 4-5 three-point attempts to score 19 points and lead unbeaten Greece past Puerto Rico 90-79. The former New York Knicks and Denver Nuggets forward Renaldo Balkman had 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals and Timberwolves Jose Juan Barea had 21 points in the loss.

France beat up on Egypt 94-55. Egypt is 0-3 and has lost by an average of 32.3 points per game. No studs here.

Check out all of the leading scorers at the FIBA World Cup here.


Stephen_Brotherston_insideStephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre and is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.