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Final produced drama rest of tournament lacked

Updated: September 8, 2002, 8:42 PM ET
By Chad Ford | ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- George Karl was right after all. The World Basketball Championship, even without Team USA playing in the title game, was a celebration.

It just took an epic Yugoslavia-Argentina final to prove it to the doubters.

The passion, the drama and the sheer exhilaration of Sunday's final eclipsed the lackluster yawn the tournament had been to that point.

Thousands of Yugoslavian and Argentinean fans rocked Conseco Fieldhouse on Sunday as Yugoslavia eked out a thrilling ...

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