Ibaka swats, Spain celebrates

Thunder big man helps turn the tide; MVP Navarro leads Spain to repeat Euro title

Originally Published: September 18, 2011
By Mark Woods | Special to ESPN.com

KAUNAS, Lithuania -- As birthday presents go, a shiny gold souvenir was more than Serge Ibaka could possibly have wished for. In life, however, it is better to give than to receive. In the biggest game of his young career, Spain's imposing presence silenced France's party crashers by dishing out five blocks in as many minutes during a second-quarter spell of the EuroBasket final that ultimately proved so decisive.

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