Dragic, who plays for the NBA's Miami Heat, lit up the second period and finished the game with 35 points, seven rebounds and three assists in what is likely to be his final game for the national team, should he make good on his pledge to now step away from worldwide basketball. He was scoreless in the final quarter.
Spain's star National Basketball Association brothers Pau and Marc Gasol carried the team to their sixth consecutive continental podium finish with a 93-85 victory over Russian Federation in Sunday's FIBA EuroBasket 2017 bronze medal game in Istanbul.
With Dragic out, Serbia briefly took the lead at 79-78, and again at 82-80 with 3:37 to go.
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Russia's Nikita Kurbanov, left, and Russia's Semen Antonov, center, try to block Spain's Pau Gasol, right, during their Eurobasket European Basketball Championship third place match in Istanbul, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017.
"We gave them a lot of transition points". Dragic still managed to score nine points. He scored 35 points in the final, six shy of the all-time record of 41, set by Serbia's Aleksandar Djordjevic in 1995.
Pau Gasol led the way with 26 points and 10 rebounds while Marc Gasol totalled 25 points as Spain bounced back from their semi-final loss to Slovenia. Slovenia prevailed nonetheless, going on a 12-0 run at the end of the game to beat Yugoslav neighbor Serbia 93-85. Alexey Shved led Russian Federation with 18.