Gilgeous-Alexander shines again on Day 5 of FIBA Basketball World Cup Qualifiers
The final window of FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Qualifying Round 1 matches continued on Monday. Here are some notable performances by NBA players from July 4:
Gilgeous-Alexander leads the way
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander continued his stellar play Monday with a 24-point effort to lead Canada to a 113-67 rout against the Virgin Islands. The Oklahoma City Thunder guard shot a blistering 84.6% from the field in just under 20 minutes of action. Dallas Mavericks forward Dwight Powell also had 15 points on just seven shots.
Hield unable to lead Bahamas to victory
Buddy Hield dropped 29 points in an 88-80 loss to the Dominican Republic. The Indiana Pacers guard shot 11 of 16 from the field and recorded nearly 40 minutes, but he couldn’t help the Bahamas make a late comeback.
Alvarado boosts Puerto Rico
Jose Alvarado filled in the stat sheet in Puerto Rico’s 97-87 win over Mexico. The New Orleans Pelicans guard had 22 points to go along with seven rebounds and seven assists. He also added two interceptions and a block on defense.
Mykhailiuk door Ukraine
Svi Mykhailiuk was one of only two Ukrainians to double digits in a 73-68 triumph over North Macedonia. The Toronto Rapotrs swingman scored nearly a third of his team’s points (24) on six 3-pointers in 24 minutes of play.
Brazdeikis stable for Lithuania
Ignas Brazdeikis scored 16 points in an 83-72 loss at the hands of the Czech Republic but was foul-stricken. The Orlando Magic striker shot the ball well (60 FG%), but finished with five fouls in just 20 minutes of action.
Maledon leads the balanced attack
Theo Maledon’s 15 points was a season high for the France team in an 81-40 hammering of Hungary. The Thunder guard was also one of 10 French players to register at least 1 assist.
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