Australia have never won a medal but United States coach Gregg Popovich thinks this could be their year because "they've been close for several years, and they are hungry."
The 24-year-old from Greece wept as he accepted the honour beating out 2018 MVP James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George.
The Golden State Warriors are battered and injured, but they will play another game in the NBA Finals.
The Toronto Raptors showcased their strength in depth that undermanned Golden State could not match, taking full advantage of their status as the deeper and healthier team in the NBA Finals.
The Toronto Raptors overcame a 15-point deficit to win the series in six games and will host the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night.
In the EuroLeague Final Four being held in the Spanish city of Vitoria-Gasteiz, CSKA Moscow became Turkish Airlines EuroLeague champion after beating Turkey's Anadolu Efes.
Barcelona Lassa defeat Anadolu Efes 82-72 in the play-offs to force a decisive Game 5, as Russia’s CSKA Moscow beat Spain’s Baskonia.
Fenerbahce Beko took the final four ticket, five years in a row, after beating Lithuanian Zalgiris Kaunas with 99-82 on Thursday night, closing out the series 3-1.
His dramatic announcement came after a disappointing campaign which saw the once-mighty Los Angeles franchise fail to make the playoffs for a sixth consecutive year.
Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook joins NBA icon Wilt Chamberlain as the only other player in NBA history to post a triple-double of at least 20 points, 20 rebounds, and 20 assists.
This achievement was particularly special to James, who grew up in Ohio idolising Jordan. James tweeted his excitement about the milestone shortly before the game.
The high-flying rookie put out a call over the loudspeaker for the "biggest person in the building" and out strolled the 7-foot-1 O'Neal who is considered one of the greatest players in league history.
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