Canada clinches bronze medal in thrilling FIBA World Cup Campaign

In a game that will be remembered for years to come, Canada secured its place in basketball history by defeating the United States 127-118 in a heart-pounding overtime battle.

This historic victory earned Canada its first-ever medal at a FIBA World Cup, a bronze, and left fans in Manila, Philippines, on the edge of their seats.

Canada's remarkable journey in the tournament included not only this bronze medal win but also the achievement of clinching a spot at the Olympics for the first time since 2000.

The Canadian team showcased their determination and skill throughout the competition, earning the respect of fans and opponents alike.


The game's drama reached its peak in the fourth quarter when Mikal Bridges produced a miraculous four-point play. Bridges converted one free throw, intentionally missed the second, grabbed his own offensive rebound, and drained a corner three-pointer to tie the game at 111 with just 0.6 seconds left. It was a play that left fans in awe and sent the contest into overtime.

In the crucial moments of overtime, it was Canadian star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander who stepped up. He scored his team's first seven points in the extra frame, setting the tone for Canada's victory. Gilgeous-Alexander's clutch performance ensured that Canada never trailed in overtime.

Dillon Brooks led Canada with an astonishing 39 points, surpassing his NBA career-high (37 points) and setting a Canadian record for the most points in a World Cup game. His inspiring performance fueled Canada's strong start with a 25-15 lead.

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Gilgeous-Alexander finished with 31 points, 12 assists, and six rebounds, while RJ Barrett delivered 23 markers, seven rebounds and two assists for Canada.

Anthony Edwards led Team USA with 24 points, while Austin Reaves contributed 23, and Mikal Bridges, who orchestrated the dramatic late-game play, added 19 points.

Watch the USA vs. Canada game highlights from the 3rd game of the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

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