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  Saturday, 7 September, 2002, 22:21 GMT 23:21 UK
Argentina book final spot
Argentina celebrate their 86-80 win over Germany
Argentina also eliminated the USA
Argentina are through to the final of the World Basketball Championships thanks to an 86-80 victory over Germany.

The team that shocked favourites the USA earlier in the week will play for the gold medal on Sunday against Yugoslavia, who beat New Zealand 89-78.

Argentina won the first World Championships in 1950 and have not finished better than sixth since.

But they showed great resilience against Germany to overcome the loss of leading scorer Emanuel Genobili to an injury in the second quarter.

Hugo Sconochini put Argentina into an 80-78 lead with two free throws with 44 seconds left.

Germany were unable to score from their next two possessions, and Argentina scored after both for an 84-78 lead with 9.4 seconds left.

Germany's Dirk Nowitzki, an NBA all-star with the Dallas Mavericks and this tournament's leading scorer, was closely marked all game.

He finished eight-for-26 from the field and had 24 points.

Team-mates Ademola Okulaja and Mithat Demirel scored 18 and 17 points respectively.

Genobili, who has signed with the San Antonio Spurs, came into the game averaging 16.9 points and 4.6 assists.

He had scored nine points when he turned his right ankle after hitting a three-pointer with 4:42 left in the first half.

Argentina's Emanuel Genobili is helped off the court
Genobili is helped off the court

Argentina will now face four-time world champions Yugoslavia, who beat New Zealand.

The Kiwis controlled the first half of the match, building a 34-20 lead in the second period.

But Yugoslavia, who were down 48-39 at half-time, rallied and put together a 23-2 run in third and fourth periods to take firm control of the game with a 70-58 lead.

Dejan Koturovic scored 18 to lead the Yugoslavia scoring, while Dejan Bodiroga and Marko Jaric each scored 14.

Kirk Penney scored 22 for New Zealand, with Phil Jones and Pero Cameron grabbing 17 and 16 points respectively.

New Zealand will now take on Germany for the bronze medal.

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