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Yugoslavia Wins World Basketball Championship - 2002-09-09

Yugoslavia has successfully defended its men's World Basketball Championship, defeating previously unbeaten Argentina in overtime in Sunday's final in the midwest U.S. city of Indianapolis, 84-77.

Argentina surrender an eight-point lead with two and one-half minutes left in regulation. Then it was all Yugoslavia in overtime, as the reigning champs outscored their opponents 9-2 in the extra period. Still, the silver medal was Argentina's first medal at this tournament since winning gold in the inaugual event in Buenos Aires in 1950.

In the bronze medal game, Dirk Nowitski of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks scored a game-high 29 points to lead Germany to a convincing 117-94 win over New Zealand. It was the German men's first-ever medal at the World Basketball Championships.

Their previous highest finish was 12th in 1994. At one point in the game, Germany had a 41-point lead. Nowitski was the tournament's leading scorer, averaging nearly 23.5 points per game.