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The 2023 FIBA World Cup has officially started and what better way to do so! On day 1 history was made with 2 debutants doing what only LeBron James has ever done before on his FIBA World Cup debut. We’ll tell you all about that below. First, here are all the results from day 1 with the blowout wins dominating.
FIBA World Cup results today
Some of the main contenders for the medals were in action. So were 2 of the hosts Japan and the Philippines. Here is how each match today ended:
Friday Group Scores
Group A: Italy def. Angola, 81-67
Group A: Dominican Republic def. Philippines, 87-81
Group D: Montenegro def. Mexico, 91-71
Group D: Lithuania def. Egypt, 93-67
Group E: Australia def. Finland, 98-72
Group E: Germany def. Japan, 81-63
Group H: Latvia def. Lebanon, 109-70
Group H: Canada def. France, 95-65
FIBA World Cup standings
After only one day of action here are the standings for each group:
FIBA World Cup results today – the most memorable displays
There were easy wins all around with 7 of the 8 matches on day one decided by double-digit margins. The only close contest involved the brave and pushy hosts from the Philippines as they nearly caused a major upset. Despite a solid display and some good shot-making, the Philippines lost 81-87 vs the Dominican Republic. The Dominicans needed 26 points and 10 rebounds from their big star Karl Anthony-Towns to prevail in this only close contest on day one.
The big match of the day was between the bronze medalists from the last World Cup France and the hugely ambitious Canadians. It was expected to be a close affair but the Canadians had different ideas and they ran rampant to win 95-65. On his World Cup debut, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander finished with 27 points, 13 rebounds and six assists, and led all players in scoring. Before SGA the only other player to record 10+ points, 5+ rebounds and 5+ assists on his World Cup debut was none other but the King himself LeBron James when he took part in the 2006 FIBA World Cup.
Shai wasn’t basking alone in the glory of making history on his debut though. The other major contenders for the medals Australia also cruised to an easy 98-72 win vs Finland. The big star of this match for the Boomers was their veteran Patty Mills who finished with 25 points on 11 of 22 shooting and 8 rebounds. However, the player who also entered the history books was the the young point guard Josh Giddey. He had 14 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists on what was also his World Cup debut. So, after 18 World Cups and only one player ever to make a debut with a 10-5-5 game on day 1 of the 19th FIBA World Cup two other players achieved that. It seems we’ll be in for a cracker of a tournament so stay tuned for our daily results articles.
Will there be more records broken and more blowout wins on day 2? Well, we’ll have to watch and see.
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