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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia Edges Spain 60-59 to Win Gold

APMembers of the national basketball team celebrating with their trophy Sunday night in Spain after winning Russia's first European Championship in 22 years.
MADRID -- Jon Robert Holden scored with two seconds remaining Sunday to lift Russia over Spain 60-59 in a thrilling European Basketball Championship final.

Holden stripped Spain center Pau Gasol with 27 seconds to play, then pump-faked before his jumper bounced high and in for the win. Gasol's last-ditch jump shot rattled out at the buzzer.

Utah Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko led Russia with 17 points as the Russians won their first European title in 22 years. Kirilenko was named tournament MVP.

Jorge Garbajosa's 3-pointer put Spain in front after Russia's first lead of the game, when American-born Holden made a layup at 9:02 to make it 51-49.

But Gasol struggled from the foul line in the last five minutes, sinking only four of nine free-throw opportunities. His last miss left the hosts leading 60-54 with 1:48 to play.

With 59 seconds to go, Kirilenko stole the ball from Carlos Jimenez to set up Nikita Morgunov as Russia narrowed the deficit to 59-58.

Kirilenko spent some time on the bench early in the game because he had four fouls.

But before that, the Utah Jazz forward had kept Russia in the game on successive plays in the third quarter, setting up Victor Khryapa for a reverse layup, blocking forward Felipe Reyes' dunk and making a 3-pointer to cut it to 43-39 with 4:12 to go.

Russia, which outscored Spain 26-10 in the post, last won the European title as the Soviet Union.

Crown Prince Felipe presented the Russian players, led by American-Israeli coach David Blatt, with gold medals in front of the capacity crowd of 15,500 that had hoped to see Spain succeed in its sixth try for the title.

In the battle for the bronze medal, Ksistof Lavrinovic scored 19 points to lead Lithuania over defending champion Greece 78-69. Lithuania also qualified for next year's Beijing Olympics by finishing third.

Nikolas Zisis scored 23 points to lead Greece, which advanced to next year's pre-Olympic qualifying tournament.

Earlier, Slovenia joined Germany and Croatia in the pre-Olympic qualifying competition by beating France 88-74.